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South Korea diplomacy faces tough test as Yoon assumes power

Seoul, Tokyo and Washington float idea of May trilateral summit

Yoon Suk-yeol thanks his supporters in Seoul on March 10 after winning the presidential election.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- With Yoon Suk-yeol's victory in the South Korean presidential election on Thursday, Seoul and Tokyo can now start rebuilding their strained relationships. Yoon will take office on May 10, but the two nations have no time to waste in tackling bilateral issues caused by what many experts call the biggest diplomatic failure of the outgoing administration of Moon Jae-in.

What the two countries can achieve over the next three months will determine the course of bilateral relations over Yoon's five-year term, which runs through 2027.

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