Moon adviser emphasizes two-track approach to Japan
SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- A security adviser to President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for a "two-track approach" to relations with Japan, saying the best option is to minimize conflict with the neighboring country and maximize mutual cooperation.
Moon Chung-in, a special presidential adviser for unification, diplomacy and national security affairs, said that cooperation and conflict inevitably coexist in the South Korea-Japan relationship.
"The Moon Jae-in government is right to have repeatedly emphasized a two-track approach to Japan. South Korea and Japan must cooperate in politics, security, economy, society, culture and all other areas and their strategic cooperation is very important. But historical disputes cannot be resolved by an agreement between the governments," Moon said in a forum in Seoul on the future vision of East Asia.
"Therefore, the basic approach is to maximize cooperation in all areas and gradually tackle bilateral historical issues in consideration of public opinion," he said.
The adviser argued that strategic cooperation with Japan should be strengthened to lead North Korea in a more desirable direction.
"South Korea and Japan need to cooperate over strategic instability in Northeast Asia. They should also cooperate to cope with China's economic emergence. Historical issues should not be allowed to hold those tasks as hostages."
"If the space of cooperation grows bigger, the space of confrontation shrinks. If an atmosphere of cooperation prevails, historical conflicts can be overcome. It can be seen in today's relations between Germany and France and between Germany and Britain. The people and governments of both countries should make a lot more effort," Moon said.
The adviser said he cannot consent to some people's viewpoint that the Moon Jae-in government is anti-Japanese, anti-American, pro-Chinese and pro-North Korean.
He claimed that the Moon government has so far actively cooperated with the United States in dealing with North Korea and raised the issue of the North's adduction of Japanese nationals in all inter-Korean summit talks this year.
Source: Yonhap News Agency