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Japan, S. Korea meet in bid to repair relations frayed by territorial row

Published on Jan 10, 2013 8:59 PM
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Visiting South Korean vice foreign minister Ahn Ho-Young (left) is greeted by Japanese vice minister for foreign affairs Chikao Kawai, prior to their talks at the foreign ministry's Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo on Jan 10, 2013. Japan and South Korea agreed on Thursday to work together on building ties, Japanese officials said, as they look to repair relations frayed by a territorial row. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan and South Korea agreed on Thursday to work together on building ties, Japanese officials said, as they look to repair relations frayed by a territorial row.

Vice foreign ministers from the two countries met in Tokyo for their 12th "strategic dialogue" since 2005 and had a "frank exchange of views on ways to further strengthen Japan-South Korea relations", the Japanese ministry said in a statement.

It was the first such meeting since both countries elected new leaders last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

Ties between the two US allies deteriorated last year after outgoing South Korean President Lee Myung Bak made the first presidential visit to tiny disputed islands known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

 
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