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The foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea remained apart on Saturday over Tokyo’s selection of a former gold and silver mine as a UNESCO World Heritage candidate despite Seoul’s objection due to what it says was the mine’s use of forced wartime Korean laborers.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, during the 40-minute talks in Hawaii with his South Korean counterpart, Chung Eui-yong, repeated his view that Seoul’s objection to the listing of the mine on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan is unacceptable, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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