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South Korea Says Japan's Foreign Minister Has Misguided Views


South Korean Foreign Ministry officials say the Japanese foreign minister has misguided views on the history between the two countries.

The criticism from Seoul Monday came in response to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso's comments Saturday about visits to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo.

Mr. Aso said Japan did not have to worry about being isolated because of Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the shrine since the only countries complaining were South Korea and China.

Japan's relations with its two neighbors have deteriorated because of Mr. Koizumi's annual visits to the shrine most recently last month.

The shrine deifies war criminals among the war dead honored there. South Korea and China have said the shrine glorifies Japan's militarist past.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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