July 25, according to Kyodo News Agency, Japanese government sources disclosed on 24 that US President Bolton, assistant national security officer, had no intention of actively mediating the worsening relations between Japan and South Korea when he held talks with Taro Kono, the foreign minister. Relations between Japan and South Korea have recently deteriorated due to the problem of labor recruitment and Japans strengthening of export controls on semiconductor materials.
Source: Bolton, Assistant National Security Officer, U.S. President (right).
According to reports, during the 22-day talks, Bolton believed that the deterioration of trade relations between Japan and South Korea may have a negative impact on Japan-US-ROK cooperation and urged a solution between the parties. According to relevant sources of the US government, the US position is that in principle it does not participate in bilateral issues involving historical knowledge.
In the Hanoi talks, he said that the deterioration of relations between Japan and South Korea was that Korea broke the agreement between countries on the issue of recruited labour and refused to adopt arbitration procedures, and the responsibility rested with South Korea. He stressed that strengthening export restrictions is a legitimate measure for the purpose of security.
According to reports, US President Trump previously disclosed that South Korean President Wen Zaiyin asked him to mediate Korean-Japanese relations. Trump also said that if Japan also had a request, it would be willing to mediate.
Relations between Japan and South Korea have been tense recently. Both sides hold different opinions on the motivation of Japans export control measures. Japan insists on discussing the matter on the spot, while South Korea believes that this is the economic retaliation measures implemented by the Japanese government after the Korean Grand Courts judgment on the forced labor claim case.