The U.S. proposed status quo agreement will not resolve the disagreement between the two countries, but it will prevent them for some time from taking additional hostile measures to allow for bilateral negotiations, an official said. But it is not yet known how long the impasse will last, the official said. The standstill agreement obliges both sides to refrain from taking further steps to allow negotiations for a certain period of time, it was quoted, adding that the length of such an agreement had not been fixed. Suga, however, denied reports that the U.S. had urged Japan and South Korea to consider signing a deal to buy time. Meanwhile, Japanese and South Korean lawmakers met in Tokyo on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with escalating tensions. The meeting was held at the request of an association of South Korean lawmakers that promotes relations with Japan under the leadership of Kang Chang-il. WASHINGTON, July 30 (Yonhap) — The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” to have time to negotiate a growing trade dispute between Seoul and Tokyo, Reuters reported on Tuesday. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” on a serious diplomatic dispute to give countries time to negotiate, a senior U.S. official told reporters on Tuesday.
“We might consider scraping the deal depending on the situation,” South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa said on July 30. The length of the proposed agreement has not been fixed, the official said. The proposed status quo would not resolve any of the differences between the two countries, but would prevent further measures for a period of time to allow for discussions, the official said. “It is encouraging that the government is finally getting involved,” she said. “A stalemate could be a useful first step in defusing tensions.” The United States has asked South Korea and Japan to consider signing a “status quo agreement” on an escalation of the trade dispute to allow time to negotiate, Reuters reported on July 30 (local time) from Washington. A senior U.S. official told reporters Tuesday that the U.S. is urging South Korea and Japan to reach a “status quo agreement” to give the parties more time to continue negotiations.