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'Comfort women' deserve their say on deal: South Korean panel

Pact with Japan must be reopened if victims do not accept it, report says

South Koreans protest a 2015 agreement on the so-called "comfort women" issue in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Nov. 1.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- Japan and South Korea struck their 2015 "comfort women" deal without paying sufficient heed to the opinions of the women themselves, and that needs to be rectified, a South Korean task force has concluded.

The task force, operating directly under Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, on Wednesday issued a report saying that although the two governments declared the issue resolved "irreversibly," the matter will have to be revisited if the women do not accept the arrangement. 

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