Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will hold a meeting Feb. 9 at a site near the venue of the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, Japanese government sources have said.
The summit will precede the opening ceremony, which is scheduled to be held on the same day, the sources said Friday.
At the meeting, Abe is expected to call on South Korea to observe the December 2015 agreement the two nations signed to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the issue of the “comfort women,” mainly Koreans, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II, the sources said.
Abe also hopes to confirm with Moon their policy of continuing to apply pressure to reclusive North Korea to halt its nuclear arms and missile programs, according to the sources.
Moon has said the 2015 accord, signed by the administration of his impeached predecessor Park Geun-hye, is seriously flawed. He has also frozen the ¥1 billion provided by the Japanese government to a South Korean foundation set up to support the victims under the pact.
At a meeting in the Diet Friday, Abe stressed that the accord serves as an essential foundation for future-oriented relations between Japan and South Korea. He also indicated that Tokyo cannot accept any demand by South Korea for follow-up measures on the issue.
Abe will directly convey these stances to Moon at the meeting, the sources said.
Abe will attend the Pyeongchang opening ceremony to encourage Japanese athletes at the games.
It will be the first time Abe has visited South Korea since November 2015, when he attended a trilateral summit in Seoul with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Park, who was South Korea’s president at the time but later felled by a corruption scandal.
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