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Japan, South Korean foreign ministers vow further talks after freeze in ties

Published on Aug 10, 2014 12:46 AM
South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin (2nd L) rides in a convertible with US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, followed by General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, riding with General Jung Seung-jo, the chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (partially obscured) during an honor guard ceremony at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on October 2, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) - Japan and South Korea vowed to "deepen communication" in the future during a rare meeting Saturday, diplomatic sources said, following a collapse in relations between the neighbours.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held "candid" talks with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se on the eve of a regional security dialogue in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, a Japanese diplomatic source said.

Koichi Mizushima, deputy press secretary at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the two nations had discussed "the future direction of the Japan and Korea relationship".

"They agreed on the importance to continue and deepen communication," he told AFP, adding that future talks would be at various levels, including the foreign ministers.

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