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South Korea, Japan leaders lack political capital to fix wartime row

Former Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan lifts hopes of settling labor issue

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida might have to pay a heavy political price to mend their countries' relationship.   © AP

TOKYO -- South Korea's "Dynamic Korea" slogan, part of its national branding strategy, is gaining relevance in terms of security as President Yoon Suk-yeol spearheads a bold but politically risky initiative to reshape foreign policy.

Yoon's determination to push through a policy shift can be gleaned from a recent interview with Reuters. When asked about Japan's plan to increase its defense spending, Yoon said, "I believe the Japanese government cannot be asleep at the wheel with the North Korean missile flights over their territory."

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