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South Korea's foreign ministry summons the Japanese ambassador to protest his deputy's comments

South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun summoned the Japanese ambassador to Seoul, Koichi Ibushi, to protest the Japanese deputy's remarks, which Choi called "undiplomatic and rude" and belittle South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to improve relations between Seoul and Tokyo.


In a press statement reported by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said Choi lodged a solemn protest over the Japanese deputy ambassador's remarks, calling on the Japanese government to immediately take concrete and clear steps to prevent such a situation from recurring.


For his part, the Japanese ambassador said he would send Seoul's demands to his country's government.


Yonhap noted that the Japanese deputy ambassador's remarks inflamed tensions between Seoul and Tokyo that already exist over issues related to wartime forced labor in Japan, as well as Tokyo's imposition of restrictions on exports of key industrial materials to South Korea.