SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- A South Korean lawmaker of the ruling party on Friday blamed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his lack of understanding on historical specificity between Seoul and Tokyo.
Rep. Hong Moon-jong, the ruling Saenuri Party's secretary general, said at the party meeting that it was sorry for Kerry to talk about the South Korea-Japan relations from the "no man's land " viewpoint as it could mean his "lack of understanding on historical specificity" between the two countries.
Kerry said in a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se Thursday that it was "up to Japan and the Republic of Korea to put history behind and move relations forward, " referring to the frosty Seoul-Tokyo relations.
The ruling party lawmaker stressed that historical problems would not have surfaced if Japan acknowledged past wrongdoings, saying that all causes were provided by Japan. He noted that Japan has repeated history distortion and absurd remarks without a shred of repentance.
"It will be inappropriate to treat the perpetrator on the same footing with victims," Hong said, adding that Kerry should take into consideration the fact that China and South Korea would be in the same position about it.
It was very unusual for a senior official of the ruling party in South Korea to denounce the U.S. foreign policy in the official party meeting.
Kerry arrived here Thursday for his second trip to South Korea as the top U.S. diplomat, the first stop on his Asian tour, before leaving for Beijing Friday. Yun said during the press conference that it will be desirable for Japan to squarely face history and take sincere measures to gain trust from neighboring countries.
Ties have been strained between South Korea and Japan since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in late 2012. Abe paid respect last December to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which enshrines 14 World War II class-A war criminals. His visit infuriated neighboring countries, including South Korea and China, as it reminded people in Asia of Japan's colonial rule and war of aggression.