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Japan’s Kono wants progress in resolving wartime workers feud with Seoul

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C), South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (R) attend a press conference after the ninth trilateral foreign ministers’ meeting among China, South Korea and Japan at Gubei Town in Beijing, China, 21 August 2019. Wu Hong/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday said he wanted to see progress toward resolving a feud with South Korea over compensating Korean wartime workers that brought a deep chill in ties between Washington’s two Asian allies.

Kono, speaking outside Beijing after talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, also said Japan wanted Seoul and Tokyo to maintain a military intelligence-sharing pact that could expire if South Korea decides not to roll it over later this month.

He said he had discussed the matter with Kang but declined to give details.

Kono also urged both China and South Korea to scrap import curbs on produce from areas around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster site, where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Reporting by Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

via Reuters