Seoul Wants Tokyo to Respond Carefully to Wartime Labor Rulings

Politics

Seoul, Dec. 12 (Jiji Press)--Seoul asked Tokyo on Wednesday to respond carefully to recent South Korean Supreme Court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate for wartime labor, according to South Korean government officials.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha made the request in telephone talks with her Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, apparently hoping the Japanese government will show restraint over possible countermeasures for the rulings.

During the talks, Kang explained the South Korean government's position on the rulings, which demand compensation for what South Korean plaintiffs claim was forced labor during World War II.

Kang is believed to have briefed Kono on progress in debates at a task force set up by the South Korean government on wartime labor issues. The task force is led by South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon.

Kono and Kang exchanged views frankly on bilateral issues, including those related to such labor, Japanese sources said.

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