Sunday, October 20, 2013
S. Korea-Japan security meeting to be resumed in 3 years: source
Some potentially good new here. I hope the talks prove fruitful. We must watch for the domestic political reaction in both countries. I just hope that this was not a premature release of information by someone who wants to stir the political opposition. We do not need these talks scuttled before they occur and have them turn out like the intelligence sharing agreement.
SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- Top diplomats from South Korea and Japan are expected to hold their first dialogue in three years to discuss security issues next month amid frayed relations between the two nations, a government source said Sunday.
The two sides are fine-tuning the date and the location of the meeting that has been halted since December 2009 due to Japan's repeated claims to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo, its unrepentant attitude toward its wartime crimes and its recent push to strengthen its military power, said the source.
"There is a strong sense of urgency among the two countries that there is the need to hold the security policy meeting as it has not been held for a considerable amount of time," said the source.
The main issue of this meeting is expected to be Japan's recent move to rewrite its pacifist constitution in order to expand the capacity of its self-defense only forces.
Japan's pacifist constitution, drawn up by the United States in 1947 after the end of World War II, limits the role of Japan's military to self-defense, banning it from using its force in settling international disputes.
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