SEOUL – South Korean President Moon Jae-in mentioned on Thursday 2015 settlement with Japan over South Korean “consolation ladies” was severely flawed and urged follow-up measures to resolve the contentious challenge.
South Korea on Wednesday mentioned the 2015 take care of Japan over “consolation ladies” compelled to work in Japan’s wartime army brothels failed to fulfill the victims’ wants, throwing ties into doubt as each international locations search to rein in North Korea.
“The settlement can not resolve the consolation ladies challenge,” Moon mentioned, calling the deal a “political settlement that excludes victims and the general public” and violates normal rules in worldwide society regarding decision of historic points, in keeping with a Blue Home assertion.
Below the 2015 deal, endorsed by Moon’s predecessor and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan apologized to former consolation ladies and supplied 1 billion yen ($eight.eight million) to a fund to assist them.
The 2 governments had agreed the problem could be “irreversibly resolved” if each fulfilled their obligations.
Japan mentioned on Wednesday any try by South Korea to revise the 2015 deal would make relations “unmanageable,” with Japanese International Minister Taro Kono saying the settlement had resulted from “reputable negotiations.”
Regardless of the divisive challenge, Moon pledged on Thursday to normalize diplomatic relations with Japan and work towards “future-oriented cooperation” with the neighboring nation.