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South Korean presidential contender seeks 'grand bargain' with Japan

Moon rival Yoon Seok-youl announces run; calls for focus on liberal democracy

South Korea's former top prosecutor Yoon Seok-youl declares his bid for the presidency at a memorial dedicated to the sacrifice of independence fighter Yun Bong-gil in Seoul on Tuesday.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korea's former chief prosecutor Yoon Seok-youl announced he would run for president in next year's election, and stressed he would a seek a "grand bargain" to resolve the many thorny historical issues with Japan.

"Since the normalization of diplomatic relations, ties have deteriorated to the point where it is impossible to recover," Yoon told reporters in Seoul on Tuesday.

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