SEOUL – South Korea has officially denied a report by Kyodo News that it would accept a single visit by Japan’s next prime minister to Yasukuni Shrine on condition that he make no more visits during his stint, calling the report “totally groundless.”
The statement denying the report was issued Sunday by the South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministry in response to a Kyodo report the previous day that quoted Japanese sources as saying South Korea and China would tolerate a single visit to the Tokyo shrine by the winner of the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election in September. The president of the ruling party, by tradition, becomes prime minister.
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