Japan, S.Korea agree to continue close coordination on various challenges

The leaders of Japan and South Korea have agreed to continue their close coordination with the United States on North Korean issues. They have also affirmed that their countries will elevate bilateral ties to new heights toward the next year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol held talks Wednesday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in the US.

Kishida said it is meaningful for the two leaders to coordinate closely with each other under the current international situation as they build firm trust and share strategic perspectives.

He expressed hope that he and Yoon will exchange candid views on security issues, including the situation in North Korea as well as other global challenges.

The prime minister stressed that Japan is seriously concerned about the impact of last month's Russia-North Korea summit on regional security.

Kishida and Yoon shared the view that the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific is inseparable, and called for deepening cooperation with NATO.