August 01, 2017 09:26
The Foreign Ministry has launched a task force to review a controversial deal between Seoul and Tokyo compensating Korean victims of sexual enslavement during World War II.
The nine-member task force will look at how the last administration arrived at the agreement and to what extent the deal has been implemented. It hopes to reach a conclusion by the end of this year.
The Park Geun-hye administration concluded the deal in 2015, which lets Japan off admitting full responsibility for the atrocity and indirectly compensates the victims with W1 billion each (US$1=W1,121). In turn, Japan asked Korea to remove statues commemorating the victims from the immediate vicinity of Japanese diplomatic missions.
The deal has been widely slammed and rejected by some of the victims.
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