Dokdo accusation and not attending the interview… Korea-U.S.-Japan cooperation crack


The unusual thing happened that the South Korea-U.S.-Japan vice-ministerial talks in Washington ended without a joint press conference that was originally scheduled. Japan refused to hold a joint press conference, taking issue with the visit of the Chief of Police to Dokdo.

This is Washington Correspondent Kim Soo-hyung.

Only Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman appeared at the press conference where the two foreign authorities were supposed to stand side by side.

[웬디 셔먼/미국 국무부 부장관 : 한국과 일본 사이 계속 해결돼야 할 이견이 있습니다. 이런 차이 때문에 오늘 기자회견 형태가 바뀌게 됐습니다.]

It is said that Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mori Mori has notified National Police Commissioner Kim Chang-ryong that he will not participate in the joint press conference due to the issue of his visit to Dokdo on the 16th.

In response, Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-gun emphasized that Japan’s claim to Dokdo was unacceptable, and the Blue House also dismissed Dokdo as Korean territory.

It is considered very unusual for high-ranking officials at the deputy ministerial level to be unable to even hold a joint press conference due to differences of opinion on the matter.

After the Korea-U.S.-Japan joint press conference was canceled, the bilateral talks between the vice foreign ministers of Korea and Japan continued as scheduled, but ended with only talking to each other in an awkward and stiff atmosphere.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said she was satisfied with the negotiations related to the declaration of an end to the war, but declined to comment specifically, saying that consultations and coordination were ongoing.

[웬디 셔먼/국 국무부 부장관 : 종전 선언과 관련한 문제에 대해서는 한국, 일본과 협의하는 것에 저는 물론 미국 정부도 만족하고 있습니다.]

The U.S. plan to show off the triangular cooperation between the U.S. and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region while being conscious of China only exposed the cracks in the relationship between Korea and Japan.

(Video coverage: Park Eun-ha, Video editing: Kim Ho-jin)

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