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Tokyo hails summit, Seoul unmoved

‘GRAVE PROVOCATION’:Just as the three leaders were sitting down in The Hague for their first face-to-face meeting, North Korea fired missiles into the sea, officials said

AFP and Reuters, TOKYO and THE HAGUE, Netherlands

“Cooperation is possible between Seoul and Tokyo on North Korea, but there will be no breakthrough in their strained relations without a dramatic change in Abe’s attitude,” he said. “There is a long way to go before we see a bilateral summit between Park and Abe”

Narushige Michishita, associate professor at the National Graduate Institute For Policy Studies, said Park is tough on Japan “because she has to distance herself from her pro-Japanese father to avoid attacks from the opposition.”

“But most fundamentally, the Park administration takes security strategy of strengthening ties with the United States and China, paying less attention to relations with Japan,” he said.

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