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No end in sight to diplomatic row over 'comfort women' statue

Japan recalled its ambassador to Seoul two months ago

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TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea remain in a diplomatic standoff over a statue representing wartime "comfort women," with no resolution in sight despite the growing need for cooperation in the face of North Korea's nuclear threat. 

"We will make a comprehensive decision based on a range of considerations" regarding Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine's return to South Korea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Thursday. "There has been absolutely no change in our position." The Japanese ambassador recalled from Seoul two months ago still remains in Tokyo.

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