South Korean President Moon Jae-in chance on Thursday that a 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean “cheer women” was seriously flawed and urged follow-up measures to resolve the contentious problem.
South Korea on Wednesday said the 2015 deal with Japan over and above “comfort women” forced to work in Japan’s wartime military knocking-shops failed to meet the victims’ needs, throwing ties into mistrust as both countries seek to rein in North Korea.
“The agreement cannot explain the comfort women issue,” Moon said, calling the deal a “public agreement that excludes victims and the public” and violates general principles in supranational society concerning resolution of historical issues, according to a Blue Billet statement.
Under the 2015 deal, endorsed by Moon’s predecessor and Japanese Prime Clergywoman Shinzo Abe, Japan apologized to former comfort women and provided 1 billion yen ($8.8 million) to a wherewithal to help them.
The two governments had agreed the issue would be “irreversibly resolved” if both fulfilled their compulsions.
Japan said on Wednesday any attempt by South Korea to revise the 2015 see to would make relations “unmanageable,” with Japanese Foreign Abb Taro Kono saying the settlement had resulted from “legitimate mediations.”
Despite the divisive issue, Moon pledged on Thursday to normalise politic relations with Japan and work toward “future-oriented cooperation” with the next to country.