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South Korea's Park defends unpopular deal with Japan

Park Geun-hye   © Yonhap/Kyodo

SEOUL -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday urged the nation to accept an agreement with Japan on resolving the issue of wartime "comfort women," calling it sufficient under the circumstances.

     Her government went into the negotiations that led up to Monday's accord, feeling like being pushed to the brink to defend the national interest, Park said in a statement read by spokesman Kim Sung-woo. Park urged critics wanting to start the process again to understand that Seoul has no leverage for doing more.

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