Washington insists on a “status quo agreement” to allow more time for talks The proposal for a standstill would not resolve any of the differences between the two countries, but would avoid further measures for a fixed period to allow for talks, the official said. The United States is closely following the dispute, particularly before a deadline of August 24, when the two countries re-commit to an annual information-sharing agreement. The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” on an escalation of the trade dispute in order to buy time to negotiate, Washington reported On July 30 (local time), Reuters reported. The status quo agreement required both sides to refrain from taking further steps to allow negotiations for a period of time, it was quoted as saying that the duration of such an agreement had not been fixed. WASHINGTON, July 30 (Yonhap) — The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” to allow time to negotiate a growing trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, Reuters reported Tuesday. “It`s encouraging that the administration is finally getting involved,” she said. “A dead end could be a useful first step towards de-escalating tensions.” Suga, however, denied reports that the United States had asked Japan and South Korea to consider signing a time-purchase agreement. Meanwhile, members of Japanese and South Korean parliamentary groups met in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss ways to deal with escalating tensions. The meeting took place at the request of an association of South Korean legislators that promotes relations with Japan under the leadership of Kang Chang-il. “I can tell you that this could complicate the development of an agreement with North Korea, as both Japan and South Korea would play a key role in a possible agreement with North Korea on the denuclearization of North Korea,” the official said. The U.S.
proposal for a status quo agreement will not resolve disputes between the two countries, but will prevent them from taking additional hostile measures for some time to allow bilateral negotiations, an official said. The duration of the impasse has not yet been determined, the official said.