Tuesday, December 26, 2017

S. Korean foreign minister sees lack of communications with sex slavery victims in deal with Japan

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South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Tuesday that the agreement with Japan in December 2015 lacked communications with South Korean victims who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II.

Kang told a meeting with local media reporters that the conclusion was reached that there was a significant shortage in communications with the victims in reaching the agreement, referring to the so-called "final and irreversible" deal over "the comfort women" victims announced on Dec. 28, 2015 by South Korea and Japan.

The agreement was reached under the previous South Korean government, but the South Korean victims protested against it as it lacked the Japanese government's acknowledgement of its legal responsibility and its sincere apology for the wartime atrocity.

The victims also complained about lack of communications in advance before reaching the agreement.

Under the agreement, Japan agreed to provide 1 billion yen (9 million US dollars) for a foundation supporting the South Korean victims in return for Seoul's final and irreversible agreement over "the comfort women" issue.

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