South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun said today that recent controversial remarks by a Seoul-based Japanese diplomat greatly hampered plans for a now scrapped South Korea-Japan summit.
Choi was speaking this morning on his way to Tokyo.
Also, on relations with Japan, he said Japan should get rid of the export restrictions on South Korea that it imposed two years ago, but he also said the two sides need to work together against COVID-19 and for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Choi will sit down with his Japanese counterpart in the coming hours.
On Wednesday, he'll attend talks with his counterparts from the U.S. and Japan.