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South Korea's Yoon and Japan's Kishida meet in positive step towards improving ties

The meeting was the first Korea-Japan summit in three years. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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SEOUL - South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sat down for one-on-one talks for the first time in New York on Wednesday, in what is viewed as a positive step towards mending ties that had frayed over issues related to their shared history.

South Korea's presidential office said the two leaders "agreed on the need to improve bilateral relations by resolving pending issues" and to accelerate talks among their diplomats.

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