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Facing backlash, South Korea panel retreats on 'comfort women'

The report says the issue not resolved, putting ties with Japan at risk

SEOUL -- A South Korean government panel squarely blamed the previous administration Wednesday for what it sees as a deeply flawed 2015 agreement to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women" with Japan, echoing the predominant public view critical of the accord.

The focus will now shift to what President Moon Jae-in does with the findings. The report could further strain bilateral relations at a time when cooperation is desperately needed to confront the North Korean nuclear threat.

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