On Monday, the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in said that the Tokyo Olympics could provide a chance to proceed with discussions between North Korea and the United States, North Korea and Japan, and the two Koreas.
At the ceremony marking of 102nd anniversary of the 1st March Independence Movement Day in Seoul, the President said that for the success of the Tokyo Olympics, South Korea will work with Japan and that could help the two nations recover from the fallout due to the Covid pandemic.
The speech of Moon came as the relations among two Koreas and Japan have spoiled after its denuclearization negotiations with the US fell apart in 2019.
Pinning high hopes on the Tokyo Olympics, Seoul is seeking to take a page from its 2018 Winter Olympics to strengthen diplomacy with North Korea in spite of uncertainty over the Covid pandemic and cutoff of Pyongyang of exchanges with the outside world.
In Seoul, at a public park where in 1919, the independence fighters declared the freedom of the country from Japanese colonial rule, Moon said, “The Games scheduled for this year may serve as an opportunity for dialogue between South Korea and Japan, South and North Korea, North Korea and Japan, and North Korea and the United States.”
“I hope that both Korea and Japan will be able to revive our economies, which were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and jointly create a new order in the post-Covid-19 era,” he added.