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Smutty talk lands Japan envoy to SK in hot water

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South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun (Right) speaking to Japanese Ambassador to South Korea Koichi Aiboshi at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul after South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador over "undiplomatic" remarks about President Moon Jae-in and the possibility of a summit at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. AFP

Smutty talk lands Japan envoy to SK in hot water

South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador on July 17 over “undiplomatic” remarks about President Moon Jae-in and the possibility of a summit during the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, according to Seoul’s foreign ministry.

A senior Japanese diplomat had reportedly ridiculed Moon’s desire to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, describing the South Korean leader as “masturbating with himself”.

The diplomat, who was not identified, added in the same interview with South Korean cable network JTBC that Moon was in a “tug of war only with himself” since Japan has “no space to pay attention to Seoul-Tokyo relations” at the moment.

The comments come as the two countries have reportedly been in talks over staging a top-level encounter during the Games to improve ties that have plunged to their worst level in years over historical disputes.

Following JTBC’s report, the Japanese ambassador said it was his deputy Hirohisa Soma who had spoken the “highly inappropriate” words, though he did not confirm exactly what was said.

“While it is true that such terms were used during the conversation it was not directed at President Moon,” Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi said in a statement. “I have sternly warned Deputy Chief Soma,” he added.

South Korean vice-foreign minister Choi Jong-kun called for punitive measures.

Such remarks “seriously denigrate” efforts to restore ties and “appropriate action should be taken”, he told Aiboshi during their meeting, according to the foreign ministry.

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