June 26, 2014 11:28
Korea in strategic consultations with the U.S. on Tuesday conveyed its concerns over a campaign by the rightwing Japanese government to distance itself from an earlier apology for wartime atrocities.
Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Washington and conveyed Seoul's "strong concern" over a recent review by the Abe administration of a landmark 1993 apology for wartime sex slavery, known as the Kono Statement, according to the Foreign Ministry.
"The UN and the international community both recognize the forced mobilization of women as sex slaves as well as other human rights abuses by Japan, and it was made clear to the U.S. that the Japanese government has embarked on an international campaign with the intention of revising the Kono Statement," a government official here said.
He claimed Burns expressed his understanding of Korea's position and said it would be beneficial for Japan to uphold the statement.
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