Seoul Seen Taking Time to Show Response over Labor Rulings

Politics Society

Seoul, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has reportedly indicated that the country's government will take more time before showing its position over a series of top court rulings ordering Japanese firms to pay compensation over wartime labor.

Related government agencies have been discussing the issue through a vice minister-level task force led by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, Kang said in an interview with the Hankyoreh, carried in the South Korean daily's online edition on Wednesday.

With judicial proceedings under way, the time is not yet ripe for the government to come forward and clarify its stance, she said, suggesting that the handling of the issue is likely to be carried over into next year.

In recent rulings, South Korea's supreme court ordered some Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans who were brought to Japan to work in the country during World War II. The Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule at the time.

Japan sticks to is position that the issue of wartime compensation was settled under a bilateral accord reached when the two countries normalized their diplomatic relations in 1965.

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