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South Korea's next top diplomat calls 2015 'comfort women' pact official

Comment hints how incoming government could approach history issues with Tokyo

South Korea's incoming Foreign Minister Park Jin tells reporters on April 20: "The agreement on 'comfort women' is an official one."   © Kyodo

SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's incoming Foreign Minister Park Jin acknowledged Wednesday that a bilateral agreement signed with Japan in 2015 over wartime "comfort women" is official, hinting how the new government, led by President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, would approach history issues with Tokyo.

The two countries signed a deal in December 2015 to put an end to the historical feud over women who worked at wartime Japanese military brothels against their will. However, the current Moon Jae-in government that came into office in 2017 described it as "seriously flawed," causing bilateral ties to sink to the lowest point in years.

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