Japan - Korea

Chronology from Sep 2019 to Dec 2019

: The US and South Korea fail to reach a deal on how to share costs for the US military presence in South Korea.

: Seoul and Tokyo hold talks in search for a breakthrough in the export restrictions.

: North Korea announce that it conducted “another crucial test” at Sohae long-range rocket site.

: Trilateral senior officials of Japan, South Korea, and China meet.

: Kang and Motegi meet on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Japan.

: Hours before the deadline, South Korea announces it will remain in GSOMIA conditionally.

: South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hold a telephone conversation and discuss the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMNIA) and other issues.

: Japan’s Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Takizaki and his South Korean counterpart Kim meet and discuss bilateral issues, including the South Korean Supreme Court ruling on forced labor.

: US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper visits Seoul to urged South Korea to remain in GSOMIA.

: North Korea calls Abe an “idiot” and “villain” for his remarks on North Korea’s firing of missiles.

: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Abe meet briefly at ASEAN meeting in Bangkok.

: North Korea launches two projectiles into the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

: Former North Korean nuclear negotiator criticizes Washington for using “delaying tactics.”

: Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force conducts a deployment drill for its PAC-3.

: Japan protests to North Korea over a North Korean fishing boat’s collision with a Japanese patrol vessel.

: North Korea says it successfully test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile the day before.

: A group of Japanese physicians arrives in North Korea to investigate North Korea’s need for medical aid.

: Japan’s annual defense white paper released. South Korea protests Japan’s claim on Dokdo/Takeshima in the paper.

: Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Motegi Toshimitsu and South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha hold a bilateral meeting.

: Takizaki, South Korea’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Lee Do-hoon, and US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun hold a trilateral consultation on the North Korean nuclear issue.

: South Korea’s Director-General for Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jung-han Kim and Japan’s Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Takizaki Shigeki meet in Tokyo and discuss issues including forced labor.

: North Korea’s ambassador for negotiations to normalize relations with Japan Song Il-ho tells a visiting delegation led by Kanemaru Shingo that Japan-North Korea relations had worsened.

: South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced that Japan would no longer remain on its list of preferential trade partners. Vice Foreign Minister Lee meets with Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation.

: Abe says that he remains committed to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

: In a cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo replaces key personnel dealing with the abduction issue.

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