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S. Korea, Japan hold talks amid rekindled row over wartime sex slavery

All News 17:18 January 08, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- Officials from South Korea and Japan held their first talks Monday since Seoul last month found fault with their 2015 deal on Japan's wartime sexual slavery.

The ministry said Kim Yong-kil, director-general of Northeast Asian affairs, and Kenji Kanasugi, Japan's director-general of Asian and Oceanian affairs, discussed issues of mutual concern in their meeting in Seoul.

South Korea's foreign ministry task force concluded in late December that the countries' deal two years ago was seriously flawed and failed to resolve the grievances of South Korean women who were forced into sexual servitude for front-line Japanese troops during World War II.

The Moon Jae-in administration is expected to make a final decision on whether to retain or opt out of the deal after additional reviews. Japan urged Korea to abide by the agreement.

The South Korean foreign ministry's Director-General for Northeast Asian affairs Kim Yong-kil (L) meets with Kenji Kanasugi, the director-general for Asian and Oceanian affairs at the Japanese foreign ministry on Jan. 8, 2016, to discuss bilateral issues. (Yonhap)


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