South Korean park vows to build forward-looking ties with Japan

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South Korea’s new Foreign Minister Park Jin holds a press conference in Seoul on May 12, 2022. (Pool Photo)(Kyodo)

SEOUL (Kyodo) — South Korea’s new foreign minister Park Jin on Thursday pledged to build a forward-looking relationship with Japan while outlining the new administration’s plan to diversify Seoul’s diplomacy. with other countries.

Park, who became the country’s top diplomat under newly elected President Yoon Suk Yeol, said he expects Seoul and Tokyo to find solutions to the problems in history that are acceptable to both sides. .

“With Japan, I will build a forward-looking partnership while facing history,” Park said. “Despite the outstanding issues, I expect to find solutions (to the story issues) that are acceptable to the people of both countries.”

Regarding North Korean policy, Park expressed concern about growing threats from Pyongyang’s continued missile tests.

He hinted that finding ways to strengthen deterrence will be high on the agenda when Yoon meets US President Joe Biden on May 20 in Seoul.

Biden is due to travel to South Korea and Japan later this month for talks with Yoon and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, respectively.

Park, however, said he would keep the door open for dialogue with North Korea as part of efforts to establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

“(I) will actively push for economic support for North Korea as well as economic cooperation if North Korea takes concrete steps towards denuclearization,” Park added.

Pyongyang launched another ballistic missile on Thursday evening, marking another round of missile tests in five days.

Park also stressed his desire to strengthen the strategic alliance with the United States, on which he pledged to cooperate with the international society to achieve denuclearization.

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