United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that Japan misunderstood the comments he made earlier this week about its need to have a "correct view of history."

Ban told reporters at The Hague he regretted the misunderstanding in Japan about remarks he made Monday in Seoul on the political relationship between Japan, China and South Korea.

"I regret that there was misunderstanding on (the) Japanese side," Ban said, adding what he said in Seoul was that political differences and tension "should be resolved through dialogue, by (a) strong will of leaders."