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3. Japan, S.Korea want high-level communication

The vice foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea have agreed that the 2 governments should have a high-level dialogue to improve strained bilateral relations.

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong met in Tokyo on Wednesday. This was the first vice minister-level "strategic dialogue" since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February of last year.

Saiki said the 2 countries share common strategic interests and are expected to contribute to the peace, stability, and economic prosperity of the region.

Cho replied the 2 countries can seek stable development of bilateral relations by promoting a future-oriented relationship based on a correct perception of history.

The ministers shared the view that it's important for the 2 countries to hold high-level talks, including a summit. The top leaders haven't had a formal meeting since the inauguration of the second administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December 2012.

The ministers also reaffirmed that their countries and the United States should work closely together to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

Saiki briefed Cho about the talks between Japan and North Korea on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North. Cho expressed his government's readiness to help resolve the issue.