Japan PM arrives in Europe amid N. Korea tensions

  • Japan PM arrives in Europe amid N. Korea tensions

Japan PM arrives in Europe amid N. Korea tensions

In 1965, it struck a deal with South Korea when the two nations normalised ties to completely settle all civilian-related issues, including the comfort women and requisitioned workers during the war.

"We have noticed relevant reports", spokesperson Lu Kang said at a regular news briefing, stressing that China's stance on the comfort women issue remains consistent and clear. He said that in his talks with his counterparts, he hopes to seek coordination on North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and other urgent issues that are facing the global community. Keeping this promise is an global and universal principle. "We can not accept South Korea's unilateral demands for additional measures", Abe told reporters.

However, Moon said in December that the wartime sexual slavery issue can not be resolved by the 2015 deal with Japan, as a secret agreement was found between the two countries after reviewing the procedure of the deal.

Foreign ministers from South Korea and Japan are to hold talks in Vancouver, Canada, next week on the sidelines of an worldwide gathering aimed at discussing more effective sanctions on North Korea.

He added that the issue will only be resolved if "Japan accepts the truth, makes a heartfelt apology to the victims, learns the lessons from it and prevents its recurrence". "We want to continue to strongly ask South Korea to do the same".

Another Japanese daily, the Sankei Shimbun, reported a day earlier that Abe had decided he would not attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Games.

The victims' resistance and negative public sentiment toward the deal led the liberal government to order a thorough review of the accord, and a public-private task force concluded that the deal, signed under former President Park Geun-hye, had procedural flaws.

Yoshihide Suga, the top Japanese government spokesman and the Chief Cabinet Secretary, said Wednesday: "Japan can never accept it if the South Korean side demands we take further measures despite the agreement that confirmed the final and irreversible solution on the issue".

President Moon pledged to renegotiate the deal on his campaign trail, but he has also vowed to normalize icy ties with Japan.