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In his Liberation Day speech marking Korea’s independence from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the South will gladly join hands if Japan chooses dialogue and cooperation amid escalating trade row, Reuters reports.

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Asks Japan to return to talks.

Hopes Japan will facilitate mutual prosperity while contemplating the past.

N. Korea, the US exploring working-level talks ahead of the third summit.

Momentum for dialogue unshaken despite worrying actions by N. Korea.

Unification will come some day when two Koreas accelerate economic cooperation.

Will strive to achieve ‘one Korea’ by 2045.