S Korea, Japan and US to hold breakthrough summit in Hague

March 22, 2014 - 6:38:45 am

SEOUL:  South Korea and Japan said yesterday that their leaders will hold a summit with US President Barack Obama next week, in a breakthrough after Washington urged the pair to mend badly strained ties.

The meeting on the side-lines of an international nuclear conference taking place in The Hague Monday and Tuesday will mark the first formal talks between President Park Geun-Hye and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since they took office more than a year ago. 

“The government has decided to take part in a three-way summit with the United States and Japan to be hosted by the United States on the occasion of The Hague nuclear security summit,” Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

“At the three-way summit, North Korea’s nuclear programmes and the issue of nuclear non-proliferation will be discussed.” 

Tokyo confirmed the plans, while Seoul said the pair were also consulting over possible talks between senior officials on Japan’s use of Korean women in military brothels during World War II.                           AFP