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South Korea election

South Korean presidential hopeful looks to improve ties with Japan

Ex-prosecutor general would keep Seoul in intelligence-sharing deal

Former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl's platform positions Japan as a neighbor with shared values. (Yonhap via Reuters)

SEOUL -- South Korean presidential candidate Yoon Seok-youl on Wednesday promised a better relationship with Japan, stressing the importance of a bilateral intelligence-sharing agreement whose future has been uncertain under the current administration.

The former prosecutor general, running in the March 2022 election under the banner of the conservative opposition People Power Party, released a foreign policy and security platform that calls for building a "future-oriented relationship" with Japan under a 1998 joint declaration. He seeks a summit to set out a new vision for "a future of shared prosperity."

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