S. Korean Official Refuses to Apologize for Emperor Remarks


Seoul, Feb. 18 (Jiji Press)--South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang has reiterated his refusal to apologize for his recent remarks calling on Japanese Emperor Akihito to apologize to wartime "comfort women."

In an interview with the Chosun Ilbo daily published on Monday, Moon said he neither has plans to apologize for the remarks, which have provoked a fierce backlash from Japan, nor finds any need to do so.

Moon insisted that there is no statute of limitations for crimes related to war and humanity.

He criticized calls in Japan for punitive action against South Korea, such as visa restrictions, as a childish joke.

In a separate interview with Yonhap News Agency, Moon condemned the Japanese government for demanding an apology from him for the remarks while having no compunctions about neglecting to apologize itself over the issue of comfort women, many from the Korean Peninsula, who were forced to provide sex to Japanese troops before and during World War II.

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