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Japan's Abe seeks trilateral summit with Korea, US

Published on Mar 12, 2014 2:09 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan is trying to arrange a trilateral summit with South Korea and the United States for this month, a government official said on Wednesday, in a bid to thaw Tokyo's frozen relations with Seoul.

But Korea appears cool to the idea of a meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Korean President Park Geun-hye and US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a global nuclear-security summit in the Hague, Netherlands, on March 24-25.

Japan hopes that with mutual ally Obama in the room, Park would be willing to sit down face-to-face with Abe, something the Japanese leader has sought unsuccessfully since he took office 15 months ago.

Abe has visited the leaders of all 10 Southeast Asian nations and met five times with Russia's president since taking office 15 months ago but has yet to meet one-on-one with the leaders of Korea or China.

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