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S. Korean, Japanese foreign ministers hold phone talks

All Headlines 13:49 December 12, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) -- The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan had phone talks Wednesday on strained bilateral relations, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, exchanged opinions on the South Korean Supreme Court's latest ruling related to Japan's wartime atrocity.

In November, the court ordered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. to compensate 10 Koreans who worked at its shipyard and other production facilities in Hiroshima and Nagoya in 1944 with no pay and a bereaved family member of another on two separate suits. Korea was under Japan's colonial rule at that time.

Kang explained the South Korean government's position on the ruling and called for Japan's "prudent" response, the ministry said.

Kang's administration earlier stated that it respects the independent verdict.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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