S. Korea to Dissolve Comfort Women Foundation

Politics

Seoul, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The South Korean government said Wednesday that it will dissolve a foundation established under a 2015 landmark agreement with Japan to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue of Korean "comfort women."

The decision looks certain to further escalate diplomatic tensions between the two Asian neighbors over history issues.

In a statement, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said that the decision reflects the current situation around the foundation, as well as the result of the government's examinations of the body.

The ministry said it now plans to carry out legal procedures for the dissolution of the foundation, which was funded by the Japanese government and aimed at providing aid to former comfort women, who were forced to work at Japanese military brothels before and during World War II.

Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the South Korean government to act in a responsible way. "The relationship between one country and another will collapse if an international promise is not observed," Abe said.

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