S. Korean President decides not to visit Japan for Tokyo Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Photo: -/YNA/dpa)
19/07/2021 06:58 PM

SEOUL, July 19 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has decided not to visit Japan for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics which is slated to begin on Friday, the presidential Blue House said on Monday, according to Xinhua.

Park Soo-hyun, senior Blue House secretary for public communication, told a press briefing that the governments of South Korea and Japan had discussed a possibility for the summit on the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics.

Park, however, noted that the closer understanding was still insufficient to be deemed as an accomplishment of the summit, saying the decision not to visit Japan was made after considering other situations of all sorts.

The secretary said South Korea hopes Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics safely and successfully.

Moon had reviewed a trip to Japan to attend the Tokyo Olympics and hold his first summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.