On Thursday, the leaders of Japan and South Korea pledged to put their bitter shared history behind them. They will work together to address regional security issues. They also committed to put an end to years of hostility.
The summit between South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is first visit to Japan in 12 years. It showed how the two U.S. allies have grown closer as a result of North Korea’s frequent missile launches and growing anxiety over China’s more assertive role in the world.
Hours before Yoon’s visit, North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile. It fell in the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan, emphasizing the severity of the regional security situation and the threat presented by that country.
US Comments on its allies having good bonds:
The conference was praised by Washington, which referred to Japan and South Korea as “indispensable allies”.
Better ties between Seoul and Tokyo will enable us to take advantage of trilateral opportunities. Also, to advance our shared regional and global interests, including our vision for an open and free Indo-Pacific, according to a State Department spokesperson. “We commend President Yoon and Prime Minister Kishida for taking this constructive step forward.”
Given the shared concerns about China and North Korea. Christopher Johnstone, formerly the East Asia director of American President Joe Biden’s National Security Council. Who is also currently with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said there was reason to be optimistic that the breakthrough would prove to be lasting.
Japan and South Korea working on their ties:
A nearly four-year trade dispute between the two nations over some high-tech materials used in chips no longer exists. This conflict hampered their relationship even as the political significance of semiconductors and securing their supply expanded.
Also, they decided to resume routine bilateral meetings and a security discussion that had been put on hold since 2018. Yoon also proclaimed the “full normalization” of the GSOMIA intelligence-sharing agreement, which Seoul had threatened to leave in 2019.
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