Park: Current atmosphere prevents Seoul from holding summit with Tokyo


South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed the view Wednesday that it is difficult to hold a bilateral summit with Japan under the current atmosphere.

According to the Yonhap news agency, Park said at a meeting with editorial staff of South Korean media that relations with Japan will deteriorate further if problems were to emerge soon after she met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

She cited as sources of concern the dispute over the South Korea-held Sea of Japan islets called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, and the issue of the “comfort women,” females, in large part Korean, who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers during the war.

Although she admitted the need to hold talks with Japan, Park said summit and other important meetings are meaningful only when the two countries are moving in a positive direction, Yonhap reported.

Park was also quoted as saying Japan’s positions, including claiming sovereignty over the islets and refusing to redress the wartime sex slave issue, continue to cause distress in South Korea and thus a bilateral summit should not take place until the atmosphere becomes future-oriented.

  • byekore

    Blah blah blah, more blather from them. Politicians act like children.

  • It’s dissapointed to hear, but he does deserve it enough, there’s no remarkable thing he has done with the relationship but just ruined it.
    Currently, little exhausted to refer to the shrine, but I’m going to do it again as long as there’s no choice, which is never a cemetery, but a war accomplice, nothing but a place which should have been abolished at least within the age of US occupation.
    Worshipping a war accomplice, means justifying the war itself, then which activity by Japanese politicians makes Chinese and Korean people feel uncomfortable, and it makes sense.
    As such, it’s not appropriate with our politicians to worship there even if there’s no name registered as an A class criminal.
    I’ve got some unpleasant feeling recently, that if we’re going to be an orphan of the world, at least to be a one of east Asia, no idea of how we’re going to do to bear with it.

  • ahgoaheog

    The Chinese and Koreans do the same thing in their countries.