野 “Discussion with Kishida about conscription”
After refuting claims cited by Japanese media
Unification Minister Kwon Young-se leaves for Japan
Discussion on follow-up measures for the summit begins in earnest
It was confirmed on the 22nd that President Yoon Seok-yeol drew a line saying that there was no discussion on Dokdo and the issue of comfort women at the Korea-Japan summit. The opposition party, citing Japanese media, directly denied Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s claim that he had mentioned Dokdo and the comfort women issue at the Korea-Japan summit.
According to the Office of the President, it was confirmed that President Yoon made this statement the day before, explaining the results of his visit to Japan in a meeting with Power People’s representative, Kim Ki-hyun, and the elders of the Blue House hotel passport. A high-ranking official in the president’s office said, “President Yoon explained that there was not a single word about Dokdo and the comfort women, but he argued as if it was true after seeing the Japanese media.”
The President’s Office has consistently expressed its position that there has been no discussion regarding the issue of Dokdo and comfort women, which has exploded in the Japanese media since the Korea-Japan summit on the 16th. In an official position statement distributed to reporters on the 17th, the day after the summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said, “The main topic of discussion at this meeting was the issue of forced labor and how to develop relations that focus on the future between Korea and Japan.” It reaffirmed the position of the President’s Office that the issue of victims was not being addressed. However, as the domestic debate had not subsided, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the 20th that “it is natural in diplomatic practice not to reveal the content of the other country’s head of state,” and that “it is not desirable to politicize. this is domestic.” However, as the opposition continued to raise the same issue, President Yoon personally met with CEO Kim and reaffirmed that there was no such discussion. The president’s office also held a briefing at the president’s office in Yongsan, Seoul, and emphasized once again that “the issue of Dokdo and the comfort women has not been discussed.”
In particular, it was also found that President Yoon criticized the opposition, who criticized the Korea-Japan summit as ‘Sungil diplomacy’ in a meeting with CEO Kim, calling it “shameful.” According to the ruling party and the presidential office, on the 17th, during his visit to Japan, Masaharu Nakagawa, head of the Constitutional Investigation Committee of the Constitutional Democratic Party, told President Yoon, “I will visit Korea in soon and meet with Korean opposition lawmakers. to persuade them to work together for the future of Korea-Japan relations.” President Yoon reportedly explained this to CEO Kim and said, “I was ashamed to hear such a story.” A key official in the presidential office also said, “(President Yoon) seems to be dealing bilaterally with Japan for the future of Korea-Japan relations and cooperation between the two countries.”
The government rejected the opposition’s insult and immediately began consultations on follow-up measures for the Korea-Japan summit. On this day, Unification Minister Kwon Young-se was on his way to Japan. Minister Kwon plans to stay in Japan until the 25th and meet Japanese government figures, including Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu. In addition, they decided to meet key figures in the political world, such as Fukushiro Nukaga, president of the Korea-Japan Senators’ Alliance, and Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Meanwhile, South Korea, the US, and Japan are said to be planning to hold a Korea-US-Japan Security Conference (DTT) in the US, attended by director-level officials from military authorities, as early as next month to prepare a system for sharing information about North Korea’s ballistic missiles in real time. In this DTT, the system to be used for sharing ballistic missile information and restrictions by country will be discussed. If the director-general level DTT is retained, it will be approximately three years from May 2020.