The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said to encourage two biggest Asian countries South Korea and Japan to “find a path forward” from their diplomatic talks, when he will meet their Foreign Ministers in Bangkok in the coming week.
Relationship between South Korea and Japan are possible at their lowest fade since they have normalized ties in 1865, with both threatened trade actions that could disrupt the global supply of semi-misbalanced.
Already, Japan has tightened restriction on various high-tech materials and what is considered as a reply to South Korean Court’s ruling order for Japanese compensation for wartime forced labourers.
Mr. Pompeo was due to separately meet the Foreign Minister of South Korea and Japan, then in a three-way discussion on the sidelines of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum in Bangkok.
On Tuesday, Mr. Pompeo told sources that “we will encourage them to find a path forward.”
He continued, “They’re both great partners of ours. They’re both working closely with us on our effort to denuclearize North Korea. So if we can help them find a good place for each of the two countries we’ll certainly find that important for the United States.”
In 2018, a South Korean Court has ruled that Japanese firms had to pay compensation to the country for forcing workers in Japanese Factories during their occupation of the South Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.
Thereafter, Japan has tightened restriction on exports from South Korean of key high-tech material in developing of display panels and memory chips, accused its neighbour of inadequate management of sensitive items.
It was also seen as revenge in 2018 by the South Korean Supreme Court. Japan also claims that the decision of the court has violated international law s compensation was settled under the 1965 Treaty.
South Korea is stimulating for the decision of Japan to drop it from a “white list” of nations, which enjoys minimum trade restrictions that could be decided as early as possible, informed the Foreign Ministry.