Jan. 14 (UPI) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in careworn the significance of sturdy ties with Japan throughout a uncommon assembly with Tokyo’s prime diplomatic envoy to Seoul.

Moon, who has not opposed compensation for Korean victims of colonial rule regardless of Japanese complaints, stated Thursday in the course of the assembly with Japanese Ambassador Koji Tomita that the 2 sides are the “closest neighbors for peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia and the world,” native newspaper Herald Enterprise reported.

Through the 30-minute assembly with Tomita, who will quickly assume Japan’s prime diplomatic submit in Washington, Moon additionally known as for “dialogue, alternate and cooperation,” with out mentioning current factors of disagreement.

Final week, the Seoul Central District Court docket ordered the Japanese authorities to pay damages of about $90,000 every to 12 former South Korean “consolation girls” pressured to serve in Japanese wartime brothels.

Activists say the ladies, a lot of them youngsters on the time, have been tricked into working in hazardous situations and have been subjected beatings and rapes. Some right-wing Japanese politicians, who signify the ruling occasion in Tokyo, have stated the ladies have been prostitutes, a declare that has angered South Koreans.

Moon additionally met with South Korean politician Kang Chang-il to current the brand new South Korean ambassador to Japan with a letter of credentials, in keeping with Newsis on Thursday.

The president instructed Kang the 2 nations would wish to develop relations in a “future-oriented method,” and to hunt options.

Efforts towards dialogue for “future-oriented improvement” must be separated from “issues that come up infrequently,” Moon stated.

Kang, the previous head of the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians’ Union that builds pleasant ties between lawmakers, stated he’ll “do his finest to make dialogue potential” between the 2 democracies.

Tomita leaves his submit after one 12 months and two months in workplace. Talks between the 2 nations have stalled amid the coronavirus pandemic, border restrictions, and the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe final 12 months.