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(LEAD) Moon extends sympathy to Abe over typhoon damages

Diplomacy 17:50 October 14, 2019

(ATTN: ADDS typhoon period in last para)

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a message of sympathy Monday to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over the huge damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis, Cheong Wa Dae said.

Moon delivered a message of "deep condolences and consolation" to the prime minister and Japanese people, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Ko Min-jung. He also expressed hope that Japanese people affected by the typhoon will recover their "calm, ordinary lives" as early as possible.

The message was delivered through a diplomatic channel, Ko said but did not elaborate.

In September last year, Moon extended a sympathy message to Abe, when the neighboring country was battered by a devastating typhoon and a massive earthquake.

The most powerful typhoon to hit the country in decades swept across the central and eastern swathes of the nation over the weekend, leaving at least 43 people dead, local media reported.

This file photo, taken on June 28, 2019, shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the welcoming ceremony of the G-20 summit in the Japanese city of Osaka. (Yonhap)


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