"We believe this is a very important message to show the United
States aligned with our two most important allies in northeast
Asia," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said.
"It's a signal of our commitment to the security of northeast Asia
and our belief that when the United States and our allies stand
together, we are all much stronger in the region and in the world,"
The meeting comes "after a period of tension," national security
adviser Susan Rice said.
Ties between South Korea and Japan have been cool over anger in
South Korea that Japanese leaders have not atoned for the country's
wartime aggression, including forcing Korean and other Asian women
into sexual slavery during World War II.
(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal and Jeff Mason;
editing by Sandra Maler)
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