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No sign of South Korea, Japan leaders' summit after talks

Published on Mar 13, 2014 5:38 PM
 
Mr Akitaka Saiki (right), Japan's Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, talks with his South Korean counterpart Cho Tae Yong (left) during their meeting at the Foreign ministry in Seoul on March 12, 2014. South Korea on Thursday, March 13, 2014, signalled that it would not go ahead with a mooted leaders' summit with Japan, after talks between top diplomats failed to produce a breakthrough on their badly strained ties. -- PHOTO; AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Thursday signalled that it would not go ahead with a mooted leaders' summit with Japan, after talks between top diplomats failed to produce a breakthrough on their badly strained ties.

The countries' vice-foreign ministers met on Wednesday in a bid to thaw relations, which remain frosty over emotive issues linked to Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule, its wartime use of women in military brothels and an island territorial dispute.

"No dialogue for the sake of dialogue," foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tae Yong said, when asked whether a summit between South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should take place.

"For productive dialogue... it is important for Japan to take quick and sincere measures in the perception of history and pending issues," Mr Cho said, naming wartime sex slavery as the most important issue.

 
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