The South Korean presidential office announced on the 19th that President Moon Jae-in gave up his visit to Japan in conjunction with the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. It was revealed that Moon expressed his “regret” and his willingness to hold Japan-South Korea summit talks at any time.
The South Korean side believes that the prerequisite for visiting Japan should be to hold summit talks that can achieve results on the outstanding issues between the two countries, but the results of the consultations between the two sides show that it is very difficult to achieve this result.
This was revealed by Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for Cheong Wa Dae and the chief secretary of the Korean presidential office for national unrest, in an interview with a Korean radio program on the 20th. According to Park, President Moon Jae-in’s strong desire to visit Japan was “very regrettable” when he decided to give up, saying, “I hope that the two leaders will be able to meet at any time,” and instructed that “discussions at the business level should be further promoted. “The meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, South Korea’s first foreign ministry official Choi Jong-geun left for Japan on the morning of the 20th to attend the Japan-US-South Korea vice foreign minister-level talks to be held on the 21st. The South Korean side also plans to have Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hwang Hee attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics as a government representative.
According to a South Korean television report on the 16th, a senior official of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea made inappropriate remarks in an interview to the effect that South Korean President Moon Jae-in was fighting a psychological war around Japan-South Korea relations alone.
On the 20th, the Korean citizens’ group “People’s Participation in the Settlement of Abuses” reported Shohiro Soma, the chief minister of the Japanese Embassy in Korea, to the National Search Headquarters of the Police Department for insulting and damaging his reputation by making inappropriate statements about President Moon Jae-in’s attitude toward Japan.
Soma is said to have criticized President Moon’s actions in improving Korea-Japan relations through sexual expressions during a meeting with South Korean media.
For its part, the Japanese embassy said on the 17th that Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Takayoshi Aisei had given a serious reminder to Soma.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the press corps at his residence on the 19th that “I have no position to elaborate on his background” and that Soma’s statement was “extremely inappropriate as a diplomat and regrettable. The Japanese government began exploring the proposed transfer of Soma in the near future on the 19th.