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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Focusing on Improving Korea-Japan Relations
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Focusing on Improving Korea-Japan Relations
  • By Jung Min-hee
  • June 1, 2015, 01:30
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoon Byeong-se said on May 29 that his current top priorities for this summer include what progress the Korean government will be able to make with regard to the comfort women issue, what will become of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s new statement scheduled for August, and how the government will cope with Japan’s attempts at UNESCO World Heritage registration.

These days, the Japanese government is trying to have 23 industrial facilities included as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven of those being places where tens of thousands of Koreans were subjected to forced labor, such as the Hashima Coal Mine and the Nagasaki Shipyard.

“I will try so the bilateral relations between Korea and Japan can be improved along with trilateral cooperation with China as agreed upon during the summit of the three countries held in Seoul in March this year,” he explained.

“It is said that the outcome of President Park Geun-hye’s visit to the United States in June will be inevitably compared to that of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s in April, with tensions rising regarding some specific issues,” said a government official, adding, “However, her visit should be seen not with a comparative perspective but with an evolutionary one, that is, the Korea-U.S. alliance taking new shape during the course of its evolution.”