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Tokyo, Seoul plan first summit since isle row

Published on Nov 11, 2012 1:36 PM
 
 A file picture taken on Aug 10, 2012 shows an aerial view of the remote islands disputed with Japan, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). Japan and South Korea are planning a formal summit later this month, the first meeting since President Lee Myung-Bak angered Tokyo with a surprise visit to a disputed island chain, a report said on Sunday.-- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan and South Korea are planning a formal summit later this month, the first meeting since President Lee Myung-Bak angered Tokyo with a surprise visit to a disputed island chain, a report said on Sunday.

Mr Lee's visit to the islands, which lie between the two countries and are known by South Korea as the Dokdo Islands and by Japan as the Takeshima Islands, badly damaged relations between Tokyo and Seoul in August.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Mr Lee held informal talks in September on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum but have not held a formal summit since the rekindled territorial dispute.

A one-on-one meeting is being planned for the sidelines of a series of meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Phnom Penh on Nov 18-20, Kyodo News agency said, citing Japanese government sources.

 
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