The President’s office “cannot disclose the content of the conversation” in response to a question about the ‘Fukushima seafood’ discussion by the leaders of Korea and Japan

‘Mad cow disease encouragement’ mentioned “It takes time”

“Security must be met for importation”

On the 20th, the President’s Office announced that it could not “disclose” whether the issue of lifting import restrictions on Fukushima seafood was discussed at the Korea-Japan summit. The President’s office referred to the “incitement to mad cow disease” during the 2008 debate over US beef imports as an emotional aspect, saying that scientific proof that it is safe and the emotional aspect should be met the public feel safe in their order. to import marine products from Fukushima. “There is no problem even though many people eat it, so you need to take that kind of time as if (concern) is resolved naturally by looking at it and wondering if it is okay to eat,” he said.

In a briefing session at the Yongsan Presidential Office on the same day, a key official in the presidential office was asked if the Japanese media report that the issue of deregulation of imports of Fukushima fishery products was discussed at the Korea-Japan summit on the 16th. indeed, it cannot be revealed.”

However, this official explained that Japanese politicians had mentioned the seafood issue in the meeting with President Yoon Seok-yeol and expressed the position of their political party.

Earlier, the Sankei Shimbun reported that at the Korea-Japan summit that day, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asked President Yoon to remove restrictions on the import of Fukushima seafood.

The position of the president’s office is interpreted as not officially denying the Japanese media report. “Our government’s position is clear,” said the official, “If there is a threat to the safety and health of our people, we will never accept it.” He said, “Firstly, there must be scientific proof that it is safe, and secondly, even if scientific figures (that it is safe) come out, action can only be taken when our people feel emotionally safe the measure.” In terms of emotional safety, he referred to ‘encouraging mad cow disease’ as an example.

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The official said, “When there was the mad cow disease stimulus last time, not many people ate it out of fear.” As with the Fukushima seafood issue, we need that kind of time,” he said. He said, “There is a lot of exchange between Korea and Japan, a lot of Japanese people come, and a lot of Koreans go to Japan and eat a lot of food.

Regarding promoting Japan’s Sado Mine to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the official said, “It is a principle not to disclose conversations between leaders.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kishida, who is visiting New Delhi, India for a summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, told reporters that day that he had invited President Yoon to the G7 summit to be held in Hiroshima in May. In addition to South Korea, Prime Minister Kishida invited Brazil, Vietnam and Indonesia, Kyodo News reported. In response, presidential office spokesman Lee Do-woon said in a written briefing, “We evaluate this as a positive measure following the results of the Korea-Japan summit.”

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