Japan Tells S. Korea to Stop Breaching Int'l Law

Politics

Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono demanded Friday that South Korea rectifies its breaching of international law, referring to Seoul's failure to accept Tokyo's request to start the arbitration process for resolving their dispute over the issue of wartime labor.

Kono summoned the country's ambassador to Japan, Nam Gwan-pyo, to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo to convey the demand to the South Korean side.

The foreign minister told the ambassador it was "extremely regrettable" that South Korea did not accept the establishment of an arbitration committee as stipulated under a 1965 bilateral agreement for a dispute that the two sides have failed to settle through diplomatic consultations.

"We want corrective measures to be taken immediately so that the state of international law being breached is not allowed to go unchecked any longer," Kono said.

He also said, "What the South Korean government is doing is equivalent to knocking the bottom out of post-World War II international order."

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