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South Korea has broad 'consensus' to avoid Japan asset sale: ambassador

Yun Duk-min calls for moratorium to advance talks, warns of astronomical losses

Yun Duk-min, South Korea's ambassador to Japan, speaks with Nikkei on Aug. 9. (Photo by Tetsuya Kitayama)

TOKYO -- South Korean politicians across party lines want to avoid the liquidation of Japanese corporate assets seized as compensation for wartime labor, Seoul's ambassador to Tokyo tells Nikkei, calling for a moratorium on such sales to buy time for further discussions.

"Former President Moon Jae-in had also said he did not want Japanese corporate assets to be sold," Yun Duk-min said Tuesday in his first interview with Japanese media since taking office in July. "That's the cross-party consensus in South Korea."

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