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New 'comfort women' statue installed in South Korea

Move threatens developments under historic 2015 deal with Japan

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Members of a civic group stand behind the new statue by the Japanese Consulate in Busan on Friday.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- A South Korean civic group Friday put up a statue of a girl symbolizing wartime "comfort women" in front of the Japanese Consulate in Busan, provoking fierce protests from Tokyo.

This is the second such statue established in front of a Japanese diplomatic mission in South Korea, following the one built in 2011 in front of the embassy in Seoul. The move is likely to derail the improvements in bilateral ties since the signing of a historic deal in December 2015.

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