Yoon says he and Kishida agreed on the benefit of improving bilateral relations

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk-yeol said Friday that he and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agree on the benefit of improving bilateral relations for the economies of both countries.

Speaking to reporters as he arrived for work, Yoon said he had discussed North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches with Kishida during their phone call on Thursday and the two agreed to respond firmly to concerns. nuclear and missile provocations from the North through close trilateral cooperation between their countries and the United States. states.

He also said he agreed with Kishida’s remarks in parliament that South Korea is a partner with whom various global issues can be resolved.

“We shared the understanding that if relations between South Korea and Japan quickly return to the good times of the past and the exchanges between companies and between our peoples become smooth, it will be of great help to the economies of the countries. two countries,” he added. he said.

Yoon and Kishida spoke for 25 minutes following a series of North Korean missile launches, including one that flew over Japan earlier this week.

The call came weeks after the pair held their first summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which raised hopes of improving bilateral relations badly frayed by forced labor in wartime and other issues related to the 1910-1945 Japanese colonial rule over Korea. Peninsula.

During their appeal, Yoon and Kishida strongly condemned the North’s missile launches as “serious and serious acts of provocation”, and agreed that their countries should work together to respond strictly while agreeing on the need to warn the regime that its provocations have consequences, the presidential office said.

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