Minister Park Jin is likely to demand Japan’s response to an answer to compensation for forced labour
Before President Yun Seok-yeol’s visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, the heads of foreign affairs of South Korea and Japan met face to face.
Foreign Minister Park Jin and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi began their bilateral meeting in a Manhattan hotel on the afternoon of the 19th (local time).
As the summit between President Yoon and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the United Nations General Assembly is being coordinated, the purpose of today’s meeting seems to be to check key issues in advance.
Accordingly, Minister Park and Foreign Minister Hayashi are expected to discuss solutions such as compensation for forced labor, a key issue in Korea-Japan relations.
The government has been reviewing ways to raise financial resources from the private sector, including companies from both countries, and pay them to the victims through private-public consultation with domestic experts.
However, in order to resolve the compensation issue, sincere measures from the Japanese side such as the participation of Japanese companies and an apology are needed.
The Japanese side has refused to comply with the Supreme Court ruling on reparations, adhering to the position that the issue of forced removal was resolved by the 1965 Korea-Japan Claims Agreement.
The summit is also expected to discuss ways to build a future-oriented partnership, such as cooperation on the North Korean nuclear issue, security cooperation between the US and Japan, and revitalizing people-to-people exchanges between the two countries . .