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South Korean PM says early Moon-Kishida summit 'needed'

Kim Boo-kyum calls for mending ties with Japan, North's return to Olympics

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum speaks to Nikkei Asia in Seoul on Sept. 30. (Photo by Ahn Seong-bok)

SEOUL -- South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Thursday said Seoul would welcome a summit between President Moon Jae-in and Japan's incoming leader Fumio Kishida, stressing such a meeting is essential for mending frayed ties.

"I think we need a summit between the leaders anytime, if diplomatic officials can discuss this," Kim told Nikkei Asia in an exclusive interview. He expressed hope that such bilateral meetings would "become a platform to establish strong peace in the region, which includes China, North Korea, Russia and the U.S."

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