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S. Korea’s Yoon vows to support Japan on abduction issue

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
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12 May 2022 01:05:23 GMT9
12 May 2022 01:05:23 GMT9

SEOUL: South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pledged on Wednesday to support Japan on the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago.

Yoon told visiting senior members of a Japanese group of lawmakers promoting Japan-South Korea ties that the issue concerns human rights and universal values and that he will support Japan’s position. The members traveled to South Korea to attend Yoon’s inauguration ceremony Tuesday.

Yoon’s remarks were quoted by Fukushiro Nukaga, who heads the group, after a courtesy call by the members.

According to pool reporters, Yoon said at the beginning of the meeting that preparations will start later this month to resume flight services between Seoul’s Gimpo International Airport and Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, which have been suspended due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yoon urged Japan to cooperate to reopen the route at an early date, such as by granting coronavirus quarantine exemptions, the reporters said.

Nukaga told reporters that his impression is that Yoon expects the route to reopen in June.

The courtesy call lasted about 50 minutes, longer than the planned 20 minutes.

Nukaga quoted Yoon as saying that the future is important and that he opposes using history issues for domestic politics.

JIJI Press

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