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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged close communication with South Korea, stressing his determination to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.
In a political speech delivered the day before yesterday, Monday, Kishida described South Korea as an important neighbor, and that cooperation with it is necessary to address various global issues, and pledged to communicate closely with Seoul to restore and strengthen relations on the basis of the cooperative relations between the two countries that have continued since the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1965. .
The Japanese prime minister had used similar expressions when talking about relations with Seoul during his speech to the Japanese parliament last October.
Regarding China, Kishida said Japan will say what has to be said and demand a responsible attitude from Beijing on its attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas.
With regard to North Korea, the Japanese Prime Minister condemned Pyongyang’s launch of ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate, describing it as totally unacceptable. Kishida reiterated his goal of normalizing relations with Pyongyang and finding a comprehensive solution to a range of outstanding issues including nuclear and missile threats, as well as the issue of abducted Japanese nationals, on the basis of the Pyongyang Bilateral Declaration of 2002.