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South Korea, Japan to hold three-way summit with US: Seoul

Published on Mar 21, 2014 11:41 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea and Japan will hold a three-way summit with the United States next week, Seoul said on Friday, in a breakthrough after Washington urged the pair to mend badly strained ties.

The meeting in The Hague, on the sidelines of an international nuclear conference, will mark the first formal talks between President Park Geun Hye and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since they took office more than a year ago, Yonhap news agency said.

“As to the summit involving South Korea, the United States and Japan which will take place in The Hague next week, the Foreign Ministry will make an announcement this afternoon,” Ms Min Kyung Wook, a presidential Blue House spokesman, told journalists.

Although not a one-on-one encounter, the talks are a significant step forward after Ms Park had repeatedly ruled out a summit with Mr Abe until Tokyo demonstrates sincere repentance for “past wrongdoings”.

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