Kyodo: Japan Protests Moon over 2015 Deal on Wartime Sex Slavery

Write : 2017-12-28 18:51:30 Update : 2017-12-28 18:56:04

Kyodo: Japan Protests Moon over 2015 Deal on Wartime Sex Slavery

The Japanese government has reportedly delivered its stance to South Korea that a 2015 agreement to settle its wartime sexual slavery of Korean women should remain in place. 

Kyodo News Agency said Kenji Kanasugi, Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceania Affairs Bureau, delivered the stance on Thursday through a telephone call to a senior official at the South Korean Embassy in Japan. 

It quoted Kanasugi as saying that there's no policy option other than maintaining the deal. Kyodo explained that Japan conveyed its concerns over President Moon Jae-in’s remark early in the day that the issue of Japan’s wartime sex slavery cannot be solved through the problematic agreement. 

It also said Tokyo considers the deal as the foundation of its relationship with South Korea and is bolstering its opposition to Moon’s move to change it. 

Noting growing voices within Japan against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s possible visit to South Korea for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Kyodo said there's a possibility the Seoul-Tokyo relationship will deteriorate fast.

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