Friday, February 14, 2014

Kerry urges Japan, S.Korea to mend fences

US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Japan and South Korea to overcome their historical differences and quickly improve bilateral ties to address threats from North Korea.

After meeting South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Kerry held a news conference with Yun in Seoul on Thursday.

Kerry said it is critical that Japan, South Korea and the United States maintain robust trilateral cooperation particularly in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat.

The US Secretary of State said it is up to Japan and South Korea to put history behind them and move their relationship forward.

Kerry added that he will continue to encourage the 2 countries to find mutually acceptable approaches to legacy issues from the past. He said it is necessary to find ways to enhance bilateral and trilateral cooperation that will define the future.

The South Korean Foreign Minister noted that during the past few months, some Japanese political leaders have made a lot of historically incorrect remarks. Yun said as long as these historically revisionist remarks remain, it will be difficult to build trust between Japan and South Korea.

He added that these Japanese leaders must reflect upon history as it was and they must be very sincere.