- Title: Japan's Abe and South Korea's Moon pledge to mend ties at bilateral meeting
- Date: 24th December 2019
- Summary: CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA (DECEMBER 24, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** MOON AND SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS LEAVING MEETING OFFICIALS LOOKING ON ABE AND JAPANESE OFFICIALS LEAVING MEETING ABE GETTING INTO CAR ABE'S CAR DRIVING OFF
- Embargoed: 7th January 2020 08:46
- Keywords: Chengdu China Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe South Korean President Moon Jae-in
- Location: CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA
- City: CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002BBC2LAF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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The leaders of Japan and South Korea met for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday (December 24) and stressed the need to improve ties after the worst period of tension between their countries in decades.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of a trilateral summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in the Chinese city of Chengdu, with tension over stalled denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the United States the main issue.
During the opening remarks, Abe said he is "willing to improve" the Japan-South Korea relationship "by all means". Moon said he looks forward to coming up with a "wise solution" to issues such as export control "as soon possible".
For Moon and Abe it was also a chance to begin patching up ties that plummeted after South Korea's Supreme Court last year ordered Japanese firms to compensate some South Koreans forced to work for them during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.
Japan then imposed restrictions on the export to South Korea of high-tech materials used in the manufacture of chips, compounding their dispute which threatened to undermine security cooperation between the two U.S. allies.
(Production: Hideto Sakai, Thomas Suen, Joseph Campbell)
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