Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Agree To Cooperate



Japan, South Korea Foreign Ministers Agree to CooperateJapanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se on Thursday agreed that the two sides should cooperate to strengthen ties despite current difficulties. 

Tokyo wants to cooperate with Seoul from a broad perspective, even though problems arise sometimes, Kishida said in his first telephone conversation with Yun.



Kishida was apparently referring to a territorial row over Sea of Japan islands known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, and a standoff over Korean "comfort women" forced to work as wartime prostitutes for the Japanese army.
Yun replied that Seoul hopes to work with Japan closely in the economic field and in exchanges, even though difficulties exist between the two neighbors.
The South Korean minister referred to the importance of history issues, while Kishida said it is important to cooperate with a forward-looking approach while keeping in mind what happened in the past.