Abe Reiterates Criticism of S. Korea Assembly Speaker


Tokyo, Feb. 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday reiterated his criticism of South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang's remarks calling for an apology from Japanese Emperor Akihito over the issue of so-called comfort women.

"The remarks are completely inappropriate and it is extremely regrettable that the speaker is repeatedly making similar comments," Abe said in a parliamentary meeting.

Moon's comments were first made in an interview with a U.S. news agency publicized last week. Speaking to reporters in the United States on Monday, he said that a heartfelt apology that victims can accept must be a priority.

Abe said the issue of Korean comfort women, who were forced into wartime prostitution for Japanese troops, was resolved completely and irreversibly with an agreement that the two countries reached in 2015.

"Relations between countries will fail if a promise is broken due to a change in government," Abe said.

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