Japan Reiterates Zero Tolerance Stance against Change to 2015 Deal

Write : 2018-01-10 16:27:30 Update : 2018-01-10 16:38:29

Japan Reiterates Zero Tolerance Stance against Change to 2015 Deal

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has reiterated Tokyo’s stance of intolerance against any possible change to an agreement with South Korea on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery. 

Suga relayed the Japanese government’s stance on Wednesday in response to President Moon Jae-in’s New Year press conference early in the day, where the president urged Japan to extend a heartfelt apology to the victims of its wartime sexual slavery. 

Suga said that South Korea appears to be demanding Japan take additional measures over the “final and irreversible” measures and that Japan cannot accept it. 

He said the only thing left to be done regarding the deal is for the two countries to faithfully implement it, arguing Japan has already done so.  

He also claimed that once an agreement between countries is made, it should remain in place despite the change of the governments, noting it is an international principle. The deal was agreed in 2015 under the previous Park Geun-hye administration.

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