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Moon tells Japanese lawmakers wartime labor issue will take time

Seoul defends judicial authority and promises to explore solution

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese lawmakers in Seoul on Dec. 14 that his government must respect rulings by the country's Supreme Court.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese lawmakers Friday that resolving the dispute over a Supreme Court ruling on wartime laborers will take time, revealing a wide gulf with the Tokyo side seeking swift action by Seoul.

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