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South Korea, Japan leaders set to meet amid possibly thawing ties: Media

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:43 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) - South Korea will agree to a summit with Japan and the United States in The Hague next week, when leaders from around the world gather to discuss nuclear security, the Nikkei business daily said on Wednesday, raising hopes of thawing ties between Seoul and Tokyo.

It would be the first official meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun Hye.

Abe has visited the leaders of all 10 South-east Asian nations since taking office 15 months ago but has yet to meet one-on-one with the leaders of South Korea and China.

Japan's ties with both neighbours have worsened over bilateral territorial disputes and a feeling in Seoul and Beijing that Tokyo has not atoned for its wartime aggression.

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