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Park Chung Soo, South Korea’s foreign and trade minister, will visit Japan this month to discuss with Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi and other government leaders the dispute over a terminated fisheries pact and other issues.

Foreign Ministry officials said Friday the visit plan was conveyed to Vice Foreign Minister Shunji Yanai by the new South Korean Ambassador to Japan Kim Suk Kyu. A government source said the visit is planned for May 21 to 23.

Kim arrived in Tokyo on Thursday to assume the ambassadorial post. He told Yanai the post has a “heavy responsibility” and he is willing to cooperate with Yanai to further improve bilateral relations. Kim and Yanai agreed to make efforts to bring relations to a new stage when President Kim Dae Jung visits Japan in the fall.

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