New S. Korean ambassador to Japan sees ‘potential’ for improvement in Seoul-Tokyo ties

TOKYO, Nam Gwan-pyo, South Korea's new ambassador to Japan, said Thursday the two countries' ties have "tremendous potential" for improvement.

After arriving in Tokyo on Thursday, Nam told reporters that he'll try his best to build a bilateral relationship that befits the new Reiwa era in Japan. The word means "beautiful harmony."

"I sincerely hope that we will become partners for international peace, stability and prosperity as we solidify our practical cooperative ties," Nam told reporters at Haneda Airport. "I have a lot of concerns about the current state of the Seoul-Tokyo relationship. But the peoples of both countries are hoping for an improvement, and I believe their wishes will come true. I hope my arrival here will create an opportunity to build new momentum."

Asked if President Moon Jae-in had told him anything specific, Nam said, "He said there is a lot of work to be done because the Korea-Japan relationship is at a difficult juncture."

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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