Kono Urges S. Korea to Accept Arbitration over Wartime Labor


Paris, May 23 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono urged South Korea Thursday to accept Tokyo's proposal for setting up an arbitration committee to settle a dispute between the two countries over wartime labor.

The arbitration panel "should be appointed as soon as possible," Kono told reporters after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, in Paris.

The Japanese proposal will not block any South Korean effort to resolve the issue, Kono said, adding that a solution should be made before the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, western Japan, in June.

"A solution won't come unless South Korean President Moon Jae-in acts by himself," Kono said. South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has said that Seoul can take only limited action on the matter.

Kono did not say whether Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Moon will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit.

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