FILE PHOTO: South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha speaks before a briefing of a special task force for investigating the 2015 South Korea-Japan agreement over South Korea’s “comfort women” issue at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea December 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool
January 9, 2018
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Tuesday it will not seek to renegotiate a 2015 deal with Japan aimed at resolving the sensitive issue of “comfort women” forced to work in Japan’s wartime brothels.
South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said it was “undeniable” the two governments formally reached the 2015 agreement, under which Japan apologized to victims and provided 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a fund to support them.
But Tokyo needs to make further efforts to help the victims “regain honor and dignity and heal wounds in their hearts”, Kang told a news conference.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said the 2015 deal is seriously flawed and Japan has warned that any attempt to revise it could damage relations.
(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Michael Perry)