Japanese, South Korean ministers hold talks

Japanese, South Korean ministers hold talks
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, right, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung Se, shake hands before a meeting at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo on Sunday.
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Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida agreed Sunday with his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung Se, to work toward World Heritage registration of "Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution."

The two met at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo on Sunday evening ahead of Monday's 50th anniversary of normalisation of Japanese-South Korean diplomatic ties. The two ministers agreed that South Korea will not oppose Japan's bid for the resignation, and Japan will co-operate with South Korea on Seoul's bid for "Baekje Historic Areas" to be listed as a World Heritage site.

Kishida and Yun also agreed to work toward the realisation of summit talks between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at an "appropriate timing."

On the issue of the so-called comfort women, the two ministers reiterated their governments' existing views but they confirmed to continue discussions on the matter at bureau chief-level talks.

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