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Comfort women deal breaking apart at the seams

Seoul taking note of negative public sentiment

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South Korean Gender Equality Minister Chung Hyun-back speaks to reporters July 10 at a home for former comfort women.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- The new South Korean government continues playing to popular ire over a 2015 agreement with Japan on the issue of wartime "comfort women," shaking the foundations of an accord designed to put the long-standing hindrance to smoother bilateral ties to rest.

Kim Tae-hyun has expressed a desire to step down as head of the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation. A formal announcement is expected Thursday, the day before the foundation's first anniversary. Kim has apparently told those close to her that she cannot take the criticism anymore.

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