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Forecast on N. Korea-Japan Normalization Talks and S. Korea's Corresponding Strategy: Focusing on the Settlement of Past History Issues

Euy Sang Yoo 1

1동북아역사재단

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ABSTRACT

N. Korea-Japan Normalization Talks are likely to reopen due to the change of situation on the Korean Peninsula. The key agenda at the forthcoming talks will be how to settle the issues caused by Japanese colonial rule. They agreed basically, in conformity with S. Korea and Japan's agreement of 1965, at the “Joint Declaration” of September 2002 that Japan expressed apology for the colonial rule and would provide N. Korea with economic cooperation, while waiving the right of property and claims mutually. Remaining task is to decide the amount and purpose of economic cooperation, and discuss about how to handle the personal right of claim of the victims including ‘comfort women.’ N. Korea-Japan Talks will reignite demand in S. Korea for the settlement of the unresolved past history issues. S. Korea should support N. Korea for the better settlement of the past history issues, so that it will serve as a guideline between S. Korea and Japan, or pursue a Summit among South and North Korea and Japan, and make a joint communique which contains Japan's sincere apology for its colonial rule toward the people of both South and North Korea.

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