• Kyodo


South Korea on Tuesday expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others for paying respects Monday to the victims of the April 16 sinking of a ferry that has left more than 300 dead or missing.

“We think Prime Minister Abe and other major figures paid respects to convey the minds of Japanese people who want to share sorrow felt by the victims and the bereaved families,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho Tai-young said at a press briefing.

Cho said Abe and other major Cabinet members visited the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo and paid respects to the victims of the sinking — South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in decades.

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