South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol plans to send a delegation to Japan next week, Yonhap News reported, a sign that the two countries could work to restore relations amid growing North Korean challenges, such as notes Bloomberg.
The seven-member delegation, led by Popular Party MP Chung Jinsuk, will meet with Japanese Foreign Ministry officials during their visit from April 24 to 28, the report said. The group, which also includes international relations professors, plans to discuss the two countries’ bilateral relations as well as North Korea, Yonhap reported.
North Korea has tested a variety of missiles designed to evade US interceptor systems and increase the threat of a nuclear strike against the United States and its allies in Asia. The official state media of the isolated state reported on Sunday that the regime had successfully launched a new type of tactical weapon.
Japan and South Korea have been embroiled in a number of issues in recent years, with differences over Japan’s colonization of the Korean Peninsula in 1910-45 affecting trade and security ties between the two US allies. .
In an interview with the Washington Post, Yoon said he plans to improve relations with Japan as president.
“When I am president, South Korea-Japan relations will go well. I am sure of that,” he said. “I will change our attitudes and systems towards a normal diplomatic relationship.”