SEOUL — Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun are scheduled to hold a summit in Seoul June 20, diplomatic sources said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura and South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Ban Ki Moon agreed earlier this month to hold the summit.
The aim of the summit is to repair the recently strained bilateral ties due to renewed friction over a territorial argument over an island in the Sea of Japan, the Kyodo news service reported Saturday. The two leaders will also seek to work together to bring North Korea back to the stalled six-party talks on its nuclear weapons program.
However, the summit comes amid recent anti-Japan sentiment in South Korea, with Seoul opposing Japan becoming a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, Kyodo said.