Abe Urges Moon to Implement Comfort Women Pact (News)


Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged Seoul to steadily implement its December 2015 bilateral accord with Tokyo on the issue of so-called comfort women.

They reaffirmed cooperation among the two Asian countries and the United States in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.

During the bilateral summit, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Abe explained Japan's position on the bilateral accord for "finally and irreversibly" resolving the issue of Korean women, who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

"A promise between two countries is the foundation of their bilateral relationship," Abe, who is visiting South Korea to attend the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics later on Friday, told reporters after the meeting.

He thus suggested that implementing the comfort women agreement is indispensable for Japan and South Korea to build a future-oriented relationship.

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