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Kishida, Yun to meet Thurs. in New York: Japan gov't


Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se will meet Thursday afternoon in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

It will be their first meeting since July when they held talks on the sidelines of an ASEAN Regional Forum gathering in Brunei. Kishida and Yun are expected to confirm their cooperation in tackling North Korea's nuclear ambitions, a ministry official said.

The talks come at a time when Japan is calling on South Korea to lift its import ban on fisheries products from eight prefectures due to concerns about leaks of radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

To address such concerns abroad, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the situation is "under control" in his presentation earlier this month to the International Olympic Committee before Tokyo was selected as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Ties between Tokyo and Seoul have been frayed by a long-standing territorial dispute over South Korean-held islets in the Sea of Japan called Takeshima in Japan and Dokdo in South Korea.

Wartime history has also been a bottleneck with Japanese politicians' remarks on history and their visits to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine earlier this year angering South Koreans.

Abe, who took office last December, has yet to held summit talks with South Korean President Park Geun Hye, inaugurated this February, and eyes are on how much progress Tokyo and Seoul will make in laying the groundwork for summit talks.