Sex slavery not subject to political negotiations: ex-TF head

Sex slavery not subject to political negotiations: ex-TF head

Sex slavery not subject to political negotiations: ex-TF head

But Seoul will not use any more of Tokyo's money for the survivors, replacing the funds from its own budget, Kang said, urging Tokyo to offer a "voluntary and honest apology".

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.

In a nationally televised press conference, Moon said the longstanding issue of "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced into sexual servitude at Japanese military brothels, can not be settled even if Seoul seeks to scrap or renegotiate the deal. "Victims want an apology from Japan and legal compensation", he said. Japan has urged South Korea to abide by the accord, saying any attempts to amend it could harm bilateral ties.

Japan paid 1 billion yen into a fund supporting the victims and extracted promises from Seoul to remove statues honoring the victims from the vicinity of Japanese diplomatic missions. However, a foreign ministry official said on Tuesday, that they have taken time in recent weeks to communicate with the surviving victims and that opinions on how to tackle the deal had varied greatly. Some call for renegotiating or even scrapping the deal.

Tokyo flew into a fury on Tuesday after Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha confirmed that a 2015 deal to compensate Korean wartime sex slaves "cannot be a genuine solution to the issue".

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.

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Sentiments about the issue are still running deep in both South Korea and Japan, the two crucial allies of the United States given the tension situation due to North Korea threats.

The deal, however, prompted strong criticism from victims and civic groups who claim that Japan's apology was not honest enough and that the government did not consult with them in advance.

The decision to maintain the deal was announced Tuesday by Kang just hours after North Korea agreed to send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.

South Korea will set up its own fund of $8.9 million to support the victims, she said.

Since the inauguration of the administration of South Korean President Moon Jae In in May previous year, the Japanese government has been urging South Korea to steadily implement the accord. It went on to say that South Korea's "refusal to bend in its position that the problem is not resolved is expected to have some impact on the future of Japan-South Korea relations".

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