Australia’s Bob Carr wants better Japan-South Korea relations

Australia wants Japan and South Korea to resolve recent disputes between them in the interests of enhanced regional security, Foreign Minister Bob Carr says.

He met with Japan’s new Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Sydney on Sunday, with security in the Asia-Pacific region high on the agenda, particularly following a recent missile launch by North Korea.

Complicating matters and causing concern in the United States is a falling out between Japan and South Korea over a territorial dispute and Japan’s attitude toward its colonial past.

Senator Carr told reporters he and Mr Kishida had discussed Australia’s new role on the United Nations Security Council and the missile launch.

‘We hope to be able to work closely with Japan when it comes to shaping a response on the Security Council to that unsatisfactory and illegal behaviour by North Korea,’ he said.

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