Trump Bemoans Request to ‘Get Concerned’ in Seoul-Tokyo Dispute

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump stated South Korean President Moon Jae-in had requested for his assist mediating a dispute with Japan’s authorities, and bemoaned the contemporary demand on his time.

“I stated, ‘What number of issues do I’ve to become involved in?”’ Trump instructed reporters on the White Home on Friday. “I’m concerned with North Korea, I’m concerned with so many alternative issues. We simply did a commerce deal, an awesome commerce cope with South Korea, however he tells me that they’ve lots of friction occurring now with respect to commerce.”

Tensions are rising between Seoul and Tokyo over current South Korean courtroom rulings holding Japanese firms answerable for compensation for pressured labor at colonial-era mines and factories. The 2 international locations have an extended historical past of bitterness over Japan’s therapy of South Koreans throughout its occupation of the nation main as much as World Warfare Two.

“It’s like a full-time job, getting concerned between Japan and South Korea,” Trump stated. “However I like each leaders, I like President Moon, and you know the way I really feel about Prime Minister Abe, a really particular man additionally.”

Japan’s international minister, Taro Kono, threatened “obligatory measures” towards South Korea earlier on Friday if the dispute isn’t resolved, with out elaborating. The remarks got here the day after a deadline set by Tokyo for Seoul to call an arbitrator. Japan earlier this month positioned export restrictions on specialised supplies important for South Korea’s tech trade.

“In the event that they want me, I’m there,” Trump stated. “Hopefully, they will work it out, however they do have stress, there’s no query about it, commerce stress.”

To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at [email protected];Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at [email protected]

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