S. Korean Pres. Moon Criticizes Japan for Politicizing History Issues


Seoul, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in his New Year's press conference on Thursday, criticized that Japanese politicians are politicizing history issues between the two countries.

The remark came amid souring ties between the East Asian neighbors over the issues of wartime Korean "comfort women" and requisitioned labor, as well as a recent incident in which a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar on a Japanese patrol plane.

Moon said that it is not a wise attitude for Japanese politicians to turn history matters into political issues and fuel confrontation.

The president called on the Japanese government to respect South Korean Supreme Court orders for Japanese companies to pay compensation to plaintiffs who were requisitioned by the firms from the Korean Peninsula for work in Japan during World War II. The peninsula was under Japan's colonial rule then.

Tokyo, for its part, claims that issues related to Japan's wartime compensation for South Korea were fully resolved under a bilateral agreement the two countries concluded in 1965 along with a basic treaty to normalize their diplomatic relations.

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