Japan breaks deal to hold Suga-Moon talks at G-7 (report)
SEOUL (Kyodo) – Japan unilaterally broke an agreement in principle to hold brief talks between Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Britain, reported Monday Yonhap news agency.
Quoting an official from the South Korean Foreign Ministry, the South Korean news agency said that Japan had called off the planned “withdrawal” meeting between the two leaders due to a regular military exercise that South Korea had held. Sud was to organize around a group of islets claimed by Tokyo in the Sea of ââJapan.
South Korea plans to hold a defense exercise on and around the islets on Tuesday, Yonhap reported. Japan calls them Takeshima and considers them “an inherent part” of its territory. South Korea, which controls them, calls them Dokdo.
“We think it is regrettable that the Japanese side did not respond to the withdrawal plan, on which the two sides agreed at the operational level, due to the annual exercises to safeguard the territory of the sea. from the east, âthe ministry official said. as saying, referring to the sea by the name South Korea uses for it.
The two leaders exchanged greetings while at the summit venue, according to Suga. They had not met in person since he became prime minister in September, reflecting the deterioration in bilateral relations on wartime labor compensation and other matters.
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