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Abe voices hope for future-oriented ties with new S. Korean gov't

All Headlines 16:11 June 08, 2017

TOKYO, June 8 (Yonhap) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced hope Thursday for a new and future-oriented relationship with South Korea under new President Moon Jae-in.

The premier made the remark during a meeting with South Korea's National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun at his official residence in Tokyo.

"Together with the new Moon Jae-in government, I would like to build a future-oriented new relationship between South Korea and Japan," he said, noting that the two leaders have spoken twice by phone since Moon took office on May 10.

"I hope Japan and South Korea, and also South Korea, the U.S. and Japan, will be able to closely cooperate to (resolve) the urgent security issue involving North Korea," Abe added.

Chung, who is on a three-day official visit to Japan, concurred with the prime minister's remarks.

hague@yna.co.kr
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