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(2nd LD) Park meets with Japan's FM over deal on 'comfort women'

All Headlines 16:49 December 28, 2015

(ATTN: RECASTS throughout with Park's meeting with Japan's top diplomat)

SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye met with Japan's top diplomat on Monday following a landmark deal that resolved the issue of former Korean sex slaves for Japan's World War II soldiers, Cheong Wa Dae said.

No details of the meeting between Park and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida were immediately available.

Park also plans to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by phone later Monday, the presidential office said.

Just before the move, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Kishida produced a deal that ended one of the thorniest diplomatic issues between the two neighbors.

Yun and Kishida announced the agreement after their talks in Seoul, which centered on Japan's admission of responsibility for the wartime crime and plans to pay reparations to the victims.

"The comfort women issue is an issue whereby many women under the then military's involvement bore deep scars to their honor and dignity, and from this perspective, the Japanese government acutely feels responsible," Kishida said in a joint press conference with Yun at the Foreign Ministry.

Last month, Park met with Abe in Seoul in their first bilateral summit in more than three years and they agreed to expedite consultations for the early resolution of the issue of the former sex slaves, without specifying a time frame.


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