Nov. 10 (UPI) — South Korea and Japan could possibly be transferring towards enhancing ties amid a transition in the USA following Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s declaration of victory on Saturday.

Seoul’s head of nationwide intelligence Park Jie-won met with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday to debate methods to ameliorate ties which have declined as a consequence of commerce and historic disputes, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported.

Park is South Korea’s highest-ranking official to go to the Japanese chief since Suga assumed workplace in September. The 2 sides could possibly be planning for a Suga go to to Seoul, in line with the report.

South Korean authorities sources who spoke to the Donga mentioned Moon and Suga each “possess a robust will to normalize relations between Korea and Japan.”

Park has already met with members of Japan’s ruling get together. On Monday, Park met with senior Japanese officers to handle the difficulty of compensation for Korean victims of compelled wartime labor. Tokyo and Seoul additionally mentioned plans for North Korea participation at subsequent yr’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, in line with the Donga.

Final week, Suga expressed curiosity in inviting North Korean chief Kim Jong Un to the Summer season Video games, describing a possible go to as a “good alternative.” The prime minister has mentioned he’s prepared to satisfy with Kim with out situations as Tokyo pursues the decision of the kidnapping challenge.

Seoul and Tokyo are in settlement on partaking North Korea, however the two international locations have been at odds over a South Korean Supreme Court docket ruling ordering Japan’s Nippon Metal to pay compensation to plaintiffs in a compelled wartime labor case.

Suga has mentioned South Korea, a “crucial neighbor,” should resolve the difficulty to return to a “wholesome Japan-Korea relationship.” Tokyo has mentioned all colonial-era compensation claims have been settled with the signing of the 1965 Korea-Japan normalization treaty.

Korea and Japan is also stepping up diplomatic efforts forward of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. A Biden administration could possibly be extra vocal about enhancing Seoul-Tokyo ties, in line with Yonhap’s evaluation.