At 7:30 am on the 21st, President Yoon Seok-yeol and his wife paid their respects at the memorial stone for Korean atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park along with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his wife.
This joint visit was proposed by Prime Minister Kishida to President Yoon during the Korea-Japan summit held in Seoul on the 7th.
Presidential Office Spokesperson Lee Do-woon explained, “The two leaders paid tribute to the Korean atomic bomb victims and expressed their condolences to the surviving victims, while also expressing their will for the two countries to work together for peace and prosperity in the future.” did.
Ten Korean atomic bomb victims also attended the joint visit.
It is the first time for a Korean president to visit the memorial for Korean atomic bomb victims, and it is also the first time that the heads of state of Korea and Japan jointly pay their respects.
Spokesperson Lee stressed that this visit “means that the two leaders face up to the heartbreaking past of Korea-Japan relations and are working together to heal.”
Spokesperson Lee also added, “This also includes the meaning that the two leaders and the two countries will jointly respond to the nuclear threat in Northeast Asia and the international community together with the United States, a joint ally.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kishida said in his opening remarks at the Korea-Japan summit, “Today’s visit is important both for bilateral relations and for world peace.” It was Prime Minister Kishida’s courageous action to prepare for a peaceful future.”
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