South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls Japan for dialogue, AFP reported.
South Korean President calls Japan for dialogue
STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 15, ARTSAKHPRESS: Seoul and Tokyo are mired in longstanding disputes over Japan's use of forced labor in the first half of the 20th century. The two neighbors were embroiled in a trade war, as a result of which they removed each other from the list of reliable trading partners this month, which raised concerns about global supply chains.
This happened after Tokyo imposed export restrictions critical for tech giants such as Samsung, after a series of court decisions in South Korea requiring Japanese firms to pay for military labor.
However, Moon Jae-in tried to reduce the degree of tension by saying that Seoul was ready to work with Tokyo to ensure fair trade and cooperation in the region.
According to him, thinking about the past does not mean clinging to the past, but overcoming what has happened and moving into the future.
He expressed hope that Japan will play a leading role in promoting peace and prosperity in East Asia while looking at the past, which has brought disaster to neighboring countries.
Tokyo claims that all wartime compensation issues were settled in accordance with the 1965 treaty, which restored diplomatic relations, and included a package of about $ 800 million in grants and cheap loans for the former colony.