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Japan fails to convince South Korea on wartime labor

Seoul must find way to settle spat before June G-20 summit, Japanese foreign minister says

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, discussed the wartime labor issue and North Korea with South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha in Paris on Thursday.   © Kyodo

PARIS (Kyodo) -- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday turned up the heat on South Korea in a dispute over compensation for wartime labor, but failed to convince Seoul to accept Tokyo's request for arbitration.

In a meeting in Paris, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha only repeated Seoul's intention to review the request, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.

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