S. Korea Urges Japan to Hold Back on Forced Labor Ruling

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--A senior official of the South Korean president's office urged the Japanese government on Wednesday to refrain from excessive criticism of a recent top court ruling on wartime forced labor.

The South Korean government needs to rethink its position as the judicial decision by the South Korean Supreme Court is different from the government's standard view, the official told reporters.

It will take some time to decide a government position, the official said. In this situation, excessive criticism from the Japanese government is not useful to resolve the issue, the official added.

The South Korean government has consistently maintained the view that the issue of individual damages claims for wartime forced labor has been resolved, in line with the Japanese government's position that the issue was settled completely and finally under a 1965 bilateral agreement concluded when Japan and South Korea normalized their diplomatic relations.

The ruling, however, ordered a Japanese company to compensate people from the Korean Peninsula, then under Japan's colonial rule, for forced labor during World War II.

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