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President Yoon Seok-yeol gave a direct explanation to the people regarding the Korea-Japan summit.
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For 23 minutes, he mentioned the need to improve Korea-Japan relations.
He said he was certain that the decision was for future generations, and especially emphasized expected achievements in the economic field.
This is reporter Shin Soo-ah.
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President Yoon Seok-yeol said that improving Korea-Japan relations is neither advantageous nor comfortable in the short term, but ″a responsibility as president.″
″I could also have chosen an easy path for immediate political gain and become the president who neglected the worst Korea-Japan relationship ever.″
President Yoon emphasized that future generations are behind this ″decision″.
″It will inspire a new sense of pride in our people, and it will reward our people and businesses with great benefits.″
As an example of economic benefits through Japan, he recalled former President Park Chung-hee’s ‘normalization of diplomatic relations between Korea and Japan’ and said that companies with world-class competitiveness were able to grow thanks to President Park’s decision at the time.
″Although fierce opposition to foreign policy was infested, President Park Chung-hee was obsessed with a sense of victimization and inferiority complex, and it was a humiliating attitude to prey on Japan unconditionally… ″
It was expected that cooperation between Korea and Japan would attract a large number of Japanese ‘materials, parts, and equipment’ companies to create a high-tech base for semiconductors and jointly advance into the global order market, such as energy infrastructure.
He emphasized, “If Korea preemptively removes obstacles, Japan will surely respond.”
This is Shin Soo-ah from MBC News.