Korean vice foreign minister to visit


South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Monday that First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kyou-hyun will visit Japan for three days starting Wednesday.

Kim will attend the opening ceremony for a new South Korean Embassy building on Thursday and hold talks with Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki.

Japan-South Korea relations have been strained due to a sovereignty dispute over Sea of Japan islets known as Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea, as well as long-standing differences over interpretations of history.

The visit by Kim is believed to be part of an effort to mend ties.