• Kyodo, staff report

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol spoke briefly Tuesday in Madrid, both governments said, in their first face-to-face encounter amid chilly ties over wartime issues.

The conversation took place on the fringes of a summit of the NATO summit that the two leaders are attending, keeping hopes alive for a thaw in bilateral relations under Yoon, who became president in May with a pledge to take a “future-oriented” approach.

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