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Japan, South Korea Pledge Better Ties in First Summit Since 2019

  • Ties between the neighbors have been hit by historical issues
  • US has been seeking help from the two on security and trade

The leaders of Japan and South Korea used their first summit in nearly three years to pledge to resolve historical issues that have damaged ties between the US allies.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met for about 30 minutes in New York, where both had addressed a session of the United Nations General Assembly. Statements from both sides issued Thursday said the pair also discussed the importance of cooperation that includes the US as they face threats from the likes of North Korea.