Regarding Japan’s ‘sincere response’ at the Korea-Japan summit, Kim Tae-hyo, first deputy director of the National Security Bureau, said, “According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there have been more than 20 official apologies from Japan to us.”
Deputy Director Kim appeared on YTN’s ‘News Wide’ on the 18th and said, “At least when it comes to this summit, the job of President Yoon Seok-yeol, our staff, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is that we will something in each case, so the Japanese government did not try to do this.” he said.
As for the reason for avoiding ‘negotiation’, Deputy General Manager Kim said, “Because Japan has a political culture and our political culture is different, the pace of negotiations slows down, and the damage to the private sector continues to be delayed over time. “We wanted to play a leading role in showing a new side of Korea in a largely global society and for Japan to re-examine the relationship between Korea and Japan amid difficult domestic politics so that we can see Korea-Japan relations together in the Indo-Pacific.”
When asked if Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had mentioned the ‘comfort women agreement’ at the summit, he said, “I cannot reveal all the conversations with the leaders who came and went at the summit.” The President’s office previously announced in a press release, “At the Korea-Japan summit held on the 16th, neither the comfort women issue nor the Dokdo issue were discussed.”
“However, one of the parties to the comfort women agreement in 2015 was Foreign Minister Kishida at the time,” he said.
Deputy Director Kim explained that South Korea disbanded the Foundation for Reconciliation and Healing three years later, and of the 10 billion won that Japan contributed to the foundation, 5.6 billion won remained, and the rest was paid to 35 out of 47 comfort women survivors at the time, explaining that the agreement at the time emphasized that the situation was still valid. “There are no further steps left for the two countries to take in the future,” he added.
Also, regarding the mention of the ‘Dokdo’ issue, he dismissed it, saying, “It can’t be a hot issue.”
Regarding the issue of releasing contaminated water from Fukushima, a sensitive issue between Korea and Japan, he said, “It has already been 12 years since 2011, and is it still okay to release contaminated water from Fukushima?” We have been conducting joint investigations regularly for a number of years,” he said.
Regarding the South Korean government’s announcement of a solution to forced labor during the Japanese occupation, which was the occasion for this summit, Deputy Director Kim said, “The official announcement was made on the 6th, but a little earlier than that, when we we have had private discussions with Japan and he said that we are going to decide this way, in fact, Japan He said, “I don’t know if this will be right in the domestic politics of Korea, but for us (Japan), it seems that this is the long-awaited solution.”
“In announcing such a solution, Japan will also take sincere measures that we hope the people will follow,” he predicted.
In addition, Deputy Director Kim said about the outcome of the summit, “In the end, the first button was put in.” “The Japanese government has gradually opened its mind since the launch of the Yoon Seok-yeol government, and has decided to make efforts for rapid harmonization and normalization whenever the heads of state speak on the international multilateral platform three or four times,” he said. . It is this summit that heralds a new beginning.”
Regarding the ‘Future Partnership Fund’ prepared by the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) and Keidanren (Federation of Japan Economic Organization), “Keidanren’s money already includes some of the money paid by two defendant companies.”
In terms of security cooperation, such as the normalization of the Korea-Japan Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), Deputy Director Kim said, “South Korea and the United States should share information about missiles such as the trajectory, height and impact point of North Korea’s ballistic missiles. and North Korea’s nuclear program and cyber threats need to be stopped “We are working hard to strengthen cooperation between South Korea and the United States and Japan,” he said.