Japan and South Korea have made progress in their fisheries dispute but differences still remain, Foreign Ministry officials said Oct. 10.The officials said the progress is not “major” but that the two sides deepened understanding of each other’s stance. During three days of talks in Tokyo that ended Oct. 10, Seoul made a proposal for a provisional agreement, but ministry officials declined to elaborate on it.Tokyo and Seoul are trying to conclude a provisional agreement by shelving the establishment of a 200 nautical mile economic zone in disputed areas. Under the planned provisional accord, the two sides would jointly establish controlled sea boundaries around disputed islets in the Sea of Japan, known as Takeshima in Japan and Tok-do in South Korea.

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