Korea to announce Tues. position on "comfort women" deal with Japan

Korea to announce Tues. position on

Korea to announce Tues. position on "comfort women" deal with Japan

South Korea said it will announce on Tuesday whether it will respect an agreement between the country's previous government and Japan that was aimed at resolving a feud over "comfort women" forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.

Under the deal reached on December 28, 2015, the neighbors agreed to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the comfort women issue. Just $5 a month.

Kenji Kanasugi, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, visited Korea's Foreign Ministry on Monday.

A South Korean investigation appointed by the government concluded last month that the dispute over the women could not be " fundamentally resolved" because the victims' demand for legal compensation had not been met.

Also, the task force argued that South Korea might have expedited the conclusion of the agreement due to pressure from the United States. In the meeting, North Korea offered to send its sports team to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics while the South suggested the regime allow families separated by the Korean War to reunite on the Lunar New Year in mid-February.

It is expected that all these revelations will spark further controversy and doubts about the comfort women agreement in South Korea. He lodged an official complaint with the South Korean Embassy soon after.

"We can not accept at all South Korea's demand of further action from Japan despite the fact that, with this 2015 agreement, we affirmed the final and irreversible resolution of the comfort women issue", Kono added.

The minister, however, added that the South Korean government was to allocate money replacing the one billion yen ($9 million) that the Japanese side pledged under the deal in support of the surviving victims and to hold consultations with Tokyo on the fund's operation in future.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party, however, railed against the measures.

Statues erected to pay honor to these "comfort women" draw the ire of the Japanese government, the right wing forces of which have been trying ardently to whitewash its war time atrocities.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not made any official statement on the matter.

Sentiments about the issue are still running deep in both South Korea and Japan, the two crucial allies of the USA given the tension situation due to North Korea threats.

South Korea will be announcing its follow-up measures for the sex slave report around January 10.

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