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After bitter history disputes, South Korea, China and Japan hold their first talks in 3 years

  • From right, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose during the 7th trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Seoul, South Korea,  Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)

    From right, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose during the 7th trilateral foreign ministers' meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korea President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul Saturday, March 21, 2015.   The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for the first time in three years this weekend after bitter disputes over history and territory drastically scaled back high-level contacts and even raised security fears. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Pool)

    South Korea President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, during their meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul Saturday, March 21, 2015. The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for the first time in three years this weekend after bitter disputes over history and territory drastically scaled back high-level contacts and even raised security fears. (AP Photo/Kim Hong-Ji, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, left, during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul Saturday, March 21, 2015.  The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for the first time in three years this weekend after bitter disputes over history and territory drastically scaled back high-level contacts and even raised security fears. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

    South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, right, shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida, left, during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul Saturday, March 21, 2015. The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for the first time in three years this weekend after bitter disputes over history and territory drastically scaled back high-level contacts and even raised security fears. (AP Photo/Jung Yeon-je, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan have met for the first time in three years and agreed to work together to restore trilateral summit talks among their leaders.

Three-way talks among the countries' top diplomats had been suspended amid bitter historical and territorial disputes rooted in Japan's brutal colonization of the Korean Peninsula and invasion of China in the first half of the 20th century.

Anti-Japan sentiments in South Korea and Japan have grown sharply in recent years over what is seen as Tokyo's push to obscure its bloody past.

The foreign ministers said in a joint statement after Saturday's meeting in Seoul that they would make efforts to resume trilateral summit talks that have been suspended since 2012.