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ASEAN 35 Summit: Leaders of Japan and South Korea dialogue

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a meeting in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019. Artwork: AFP / TTXVN

Speaking to the press, South Korean Presidential spokesman Ko Min-jung said the two leaders had a private meeting in the "very friendly and serious" atmosphere at the IMPACT Convention Center in Bangkok. She said the 11-minute meeting was a "talk" bilateral, not formal discussion.

According to Ko Min-ung, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on the importance of the relationship between the two countries, while reaffirming the principle of solving any problems. Bilateral agreement through dialogue.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in suggested that it could consider conducting high-level consultations to resolve political and trade disputes between the two countries. For his part, Prime Minister Abe agreed to use "all available means" to find a way to solve the problem.

The most recent formal meeting between the two leaders of Korea and Japan was last September on the occasion of attending the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City, USA. In June, the two leaders met at the World Leading Group of Emerging Economies and Developments (G20), held in Osaka, Japan.

Relations between Korea and Japan have intensified since October last year when a South Korean court ruled that Japanese companies must compensate victims of forced labor during the Japanese period. colonized the Korean peninsula from 1910 to the end of World War II.

Relations between the two countries fell to their lowest level in many years when Japan last July tightened regulations on exporting to the Korean market three kinds of high-tech materials used in manufacturing electronic chips. and screens – spearhead fields of Korea. Japan then removed South Korea from its list of trusted trading partners, citing Seoul's export control system for loose sensitive items. Seoul strongly opposed Tokyo's actions, arguing that it was retaliation for Korean court decisions and could undermine free trade principles, as well as affect the economy. bridge. South Korea announced its decision not to extend the General Military Information Assurance Agreement (GSOMIA) with Tokyo that expires in November, and also excluded Japan from its list of trusted trading partners. Korea.

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