Japan rejects S. Korea's new policy position on "comfort women" deal

10 January, 2018, 00:31 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Seoul has said that it will not seek to renegotiate the deal, but will plan to match the 1 billion yen (8.9 million US dollars) paid by the Japanese government under the deal, with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha saying that it will decide how to use Japan's payoff.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told a press conference that Seoul would discuss with the Japanese administration in the coming days on how to implement the agreement.

"While the administration has changed", Kono responded Tuesday, "responsibly implementing" the pact remains a matter of "universal global principle". The government will consult with Tokyo about how the Japanese fund should be spent.

A Japanese government spokesman says after the two Koreas agreed to resume long-stalled talks that Japan will do what's necessary to keep up pressure on North Korea to give up its weapons programs.

Seoul's foreign ministry announced a set of measures that include desisting from seeking a renegotiation of the deal and from using the money that Tokyo has offered to support the former sex slaves under the deal.

"President Moon should first apologize for breaking his election promise", party spokeswoman Lee Heang-ja said. Some in South Korea have suggested putting it in a trust if Japan does not come to the table.


In 2015, when there were 47, 36 accepted the settlement, a the official said. "The ministry will urge Japan to take responsible measures toward this wrongful agreement based on the seriousness of the issue and universal principles of humanitarianism". "In consideration of such, our government will not call for a renegotiation of the agreement".

Following the review result announcement, President Moon said the 2015 deal can not resolve the "comfort women" issue. Seoul also supported a bid previous year to add documents related to comfort women to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

One of them included occasions where the South Korean government secretly agreed to "resolve" the issue of installing comfort women statues, despite the administration's public stance that they can not be involved in dismantling the statues because "they were built by private organizations".

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also said several times on January 4 that the agreement "will not move an inch", and deplored South Korea for "moving the goal post every time".

Fresh disagreement on the issue could throw a wrench into Japan-South Korea relations just as concern builds in Tokyo about Seoul's growing preference for dialogue with North Korea.

The announcement came hours after the United States said it has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics.

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