China scolds Japan over issue of 'comfort women'

China scolds Japan over issue of 'comfort women'

China scolds Japan over issue of 'comfort women'

President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday urged Japan to extend a heartfelt apology to the victims of its wartime sexual slavery.

The Abe administration termed the decision not to implement the deal as "utterly unacceptable " The Japanese government blasted as "utterly unacceptable" South Korea's announcement that a 2015 intergovernmental agreement on the comfort women issue was not a true resolution to the matter.

"What the victims all wish for is a genuine apology [of Japan's] own accord", Kang added.

"China's position on the comfort women issue is clear", Lu said.

Tokyo and Seoul announced the deal in December 2015 to resolve the issue "finally and irreversibly", but it became the target of criticism from the public as well as the surviving victims as being "unfair" to South Korea.

Japan called Tuesday for continued pressure on North Korea regardless of the first formal meeting between the two Koreas in over two years.

"We can by no means accept South Korea's demands for additional measures", Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters in Tokyo.

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"Truth and justice are key to resolving the issue, but it is not possible to renegotiate the deal".

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha unveiled those plans during a press conference in Seoul as a follow-up to a recent government conclusion that the deal was flawed and sufficient efforts were not made to reflect the views and opinions of victims before it was reached between the neighbors. The United States, the biggest ally of South Korea and Japan, had praised the 2015 agreement, saying cooperation between the two major Asian democracies was important for regional stability.

Some victims and victims' rights groups also expressed anger over the government's failure to invalidate the deal and disband the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation, which was established under the Gender Equality Ministry to help the victims. Observers in Japan concluded that while the two sides will try to avoid any dramatic confrontations due to the need for a joint response on the North Korea issue, a chill in the two sides' relations appears unavoidable for the time being.

How the 1 billion yen raised by the Korean government to match the Japanese fund will be used is yet to be decided and will include consultations with the survivors and the Japanese government, according to a Korean Foreign Ministry official.

Instead of using Tokyo's fund, however, Seoul will now pay victims with its own money.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Lu also said Japan should address other issues of history.

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