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South Korea open to wartime labor talks, envoy to Japan says

Ambassador hints at possible funds contributions by Seoul

Nam Gwan-pyo, South Korea's ambassador to Japan, said he is willing to discuss the wartime labor issue "without limits."

SEOUL -- South Korea is willing to enter into talks with Japan to resolve bilateral tensions over the wartime labor issue, the nation's top envoy to Japan told Nikkei, signaling a willingness to consider monetary contributions by Seoul.

"If we can see a path to resolution, we will hold talks with no preconditions," Ambassador Nam Gwan-pyo said in an interview in Seoul, referring to the dispute over compensation for South Korean wartime laborers forced to work for Japanese companies. "I will put all options on the table," he added.

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