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Japan-South Korea rift

Japan, South Korea hold first security talks in 5 years

Regional tensions push two sides to thaw relations following 2018 radar incident

Senior diplomatic and defense officials from Japan and South Korea met in Seoul April 17 for bilateral talks on security policy.   © Kyodo

SEOUL/TOKYO -- Japanese and South Korean officials resumed a bilateral security dialogue on Monday after a five-year hiatus, reviving a framework that had been paralyzed by the two countries' fraying relations.

The two sides exchanged views on the response to North Korea as well as the potential for bilateral cooperation -- or trilateral cooperation with the U.S. -- in the Indo-Pacific region, according to Japan's defense ministry. They committed to communicating closely with each other as part of efforts to strengthen coordination, the ministry said.

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