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South Korea asked U.S. for help in resolving issues with Japan - South Korea statement

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan meets South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during G20 Foreign Ministers meeting in Nagoya, Japan, November 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) - South Korea’s foreign minister asked the United States on Saturday for help in resolving issues with Japan, Seoul’s foreign ministry said in a statement that followed a bilateral meeting at a Group of 20 (G20) meeting.

South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan at the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in the central Japanese city of Nagoya, a day after Seoul pulled an intelligence-sharing deal back from the brink.

Kang and Sullivan also agreed to closely communicate to resolve other matters, including the sharing of defence costs, the foreign ministry said in its statement.

Reporting by Ju-min Park and Joori Roh; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman