Vice foreign ministers from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan met in Washington this week for alliance talks, but it only ended up confirming a widening conflict between Seoul and Tokyo.
Japan refused to take part in a scheduled joint press conference with South Korea and the U.S., reportedly expressing grievance over a recent visit by Seoul's National Police Agency chief to South Korea's easternmost island of Dokdo.
For more on this, we have Professor Kim Mi-kyong from Pukyong National University.
Professor Kim, welcome to the program.
Japan continues its false claim on Dokdo.
And the no-show at the press conference, which is very unusual, clearly shows sour Seoul-Tokyo ties over the territorial issue.
What do you see in terms of finding a resolution?
And not just this territorial issue, there are a series of historical issues including wartime forced labor and sexual slavery.
Under Japan's new Kishida leadership, Yoshimasa Hayashi became the new foreign minister.
What do you think are the prospects for Seoul-Tokyo relationship under Japan's new leadership?
Will conflict between the two neighbors impact the trilateral relationship between Seoul, Washington and Tokyo?
The U.S. has been stressing the importance of a trilateral cooperation apparently against China.
If conflict between South Korea and Japan gets even worse, do you think the U.S. will try to step in and play a mediating role?
Some say Japan will not be so eager to improve ties at least until the Presidential election in South Korea next March, perhaps waiting for a new government.
What do you think?
That was Professor Kim Mi-kyong from Pukyong National University. Thank you for your insights.