Anchor: Two days ahead of Independence Day, marking Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial occupation, President Moon Jae-in addressed souring ties between Seoul and Tokyo.
Kim Bum-soo has more. 

Report: President Moon Jae-in has again vowed that South Korea will ride out Japan's trade sanctions.

[Sound bite: President Moon Jae-in (Korean)]
"Japan has recently made a decision to exclude our country from its trade whitelist following its export control measures. It is indeed disappointing and unfortunate, given the two countries' joint friendly, cooperative efforts. The government will prepare ways to minimize the impact against our corporations and people while continuing to pursue a diplomatic resolution of the matter. "  

Moon on Tuesday delivered this message during a luncheon with independence activists and their descendants, two days ahead of the 74th Liberation Day.

While expressing his appreciation for the independence movement against Japan's 35-year long occupation, Moon insinuated that the island neighbor is again failing to fulfill its responsibilities in Asia. 

[Sound bite: President Moon Jae-in (Korean)]
"Starting the Independence Movement one-hundred years ago, our ancestors declared that their aim is also to
 'guide
 Japan
 to
 leave
 its
 evil
 path
 and 
perform
 its
 great
 task
 of
 supporting
 the
 cause
 of
 the
 East'... We have not forgotten the universal values of co-existence, co-prosperity and peace among people and nations."

The government believes the series of trade sanctions Japan has implemented are in retaliation to last year's South Korean Supreme Court ruling that ordered Japanese companies to compensate elderly Korean victims for their forced labor during World War II.   

Moon expressed confidence that South Korea will be able to overcome any difficulty and advance forward without external interference so long as the South Korean people have the power to reflect on its history. 

Earlier on Tuesday, the president held a Cabinet meeting and instructed his ministers to calmly and effectively cope with the economic uncertainties caused by the diplomatic row with Japan. 

Moon also pledged the government will turn challenges into an opportunity to strengthen its economic competitiveness.
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

[Photo : YONHAP News]