Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

July 8, 2018
Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting1
Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting2

On July 8, commencing at 1:50 p.m. for approximately one hour, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK), who is visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. With regard to the issue of North Korea, the two foreign ministers confirmed that they will continue to closely coordinate their future responses, and that Japan and the ROK and Japan, the ROK and the United States will continue to work closely together. The two foreign ministers shared the view that they will cooperate in order to urge North Korea to take concrete actions towards the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions. In addition, Minister Kang explained the interaction between the ROK and North Korea.
  2. With regard to Japan-ROK relations, the two foreign ministers discussed policies for strengthening the bilateral relationship toward the 20th anniversary of the Japan-Republic of Korea Joint Declaration in October this year, along with confirming that they will move forward with the cooperation to build future-oriented relations while appropriately managing difficult issues between Japan and the ROK. 
  3. Furthermore, the two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the regional situation.

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