Obama to meet with Japan's Abe, South Korea's Park next week

WASHINGTON Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:54pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia September 5, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of a nuclear summit in The Hague next week, the White House said.

"We believe this is a very important message to show the United States aligned with our two most important allies in northeast Asia," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.

"It's a signal of our commitment to the security of northeast Asia and our belief that when the United States and our allies stand together, we are all much stronger in the region and in the world," Rhodes said.

The meeting comes "after a period of tension," national security adviser Susan Rice said.

Ties between South Korea and Japan have been cool over anger in South Korea that Japanese leaders have not atoned for the country's wartime aggression, including forcing Korean and other Asian women into sexual slavery during World War Two.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal and Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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sabrefencer wrote:
This would be wise. Especially with the two countries squabbling over ancient history…they better all focus on china..as China, watching the Putin model, is making their advances, right in front of the worlds eyes, into their peripheries

Mar 21, 2014 4:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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