Here is the Korean reaction to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Yasukuni visit:
South Korea has worked hard to improve relations with Japan so far, but changes to the policy line are unavoidable after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid a much denounced visit to a controversial war shrine, a ranking government official said Friday.
The remark means Seoul takes Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine very gravely and suggests the country could become more assertive in demanding Tokyo atone for the sexual enslavement of Korean women for its troops and other atrocities committed during its 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea.
“Under the current circumstances, it will be difficult to follow through with the policy line that (Seoul) has been leading,” the official said. “So far, the government has tried to stabilize the South Korea-Japan relations, but Japan’s previous anachronistic remarks have put an obstacle (to such efforts) and Prime Minister Abe’s Yasukuni visit further raised the obstacle.”
Seoul has repeatedly stressed the strategic importance of mending ties with Tokyo, despite the neighbors’ recurring diplomatic tensions over Japan’s repeated territorial claims to the South Korean easternmost islets of Dokdo as well as other historical issues. [Yonhap]
You can read more at the link, but to claim that South Korea has been working hard to improve relations with Japan is a stretch. Ever since President Park came into office she has literally been giving Abe the cold shoulder. The latest ammunition drama in South Sudan is just another example of how petty the differences between the two countries has become.