Presidential Envoy Delivers Concerns over 2015 Sex Slavery Settlement

Write : 2017-05-18 08:29:30 Update : 2017-05-18 09:52:25

Presidential Envoy Delivers Concerns over 2015 Sex Slavery Settlement

President Moon Jae-in's special envoy told the Japanese government that it is difficult for Koreans to accept the 2015 agreement on how to settle Japan’s wartime sexual slavery issue.

Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moon Hee-sang on Wednesday held a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo to deliver the point. 

After the 40-minute talks, the ruling Democratic Party's sixth term heavyweight told reporters that he informed the foreign minister that most of the Korean public cannot emotionally accept the deal for the Korean victims.

The envoy stressed the need to reaffirm the spirit of Tokyo's previous apologetic statements by then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono and then-Prime Ministers Tomiichi Murayama and Naoto Kan, saying the documents must be the ground to resolve the row.

The envoy said Seoul would not have had any choice but to call for scrapping the deal if Japan insisted on respecting the accord signed by the previous South Korean government, adding Kishida did not express such opinions.  

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