In Face of Moon's Letter, Abe Reiterates Criticism of S. Korea


Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his criticism on Thursday of South Korea for allegedly violating international law over the issue of conscripted labor during World War II, while receiving a personal letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in the same day.

Abe made the remarks at a meeting with visiting South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who handed Moon's letter to the Japanese leader.

In the letter, Moon stressed that Japan is an important partner in promoting peace and stability in Northeast Asia and said that the two countries should make efforts to resolve pending bilateral issues promptly, according to South Korean media reports.

During the 20-minute meeting, Abe and Lee agreed that the two countries should not leave their current relationship, viewed by some as the worst since their diplomatic normalization, as it is.

But at the same time, Abe claimed that last year's South Korean top court rulings against Japanese companies over the wartime labor issue "clearly violate international law and fundamentally undermine the legal foundations of Japan-South Korea relations," according to Japanese officials.

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