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South Korean public remains split on settlement

Civic groups supporting the "comfort women" have criticized the accord.

SEOUL -- Public opinion is divided in South Korea over the accord with Japan aimed at resolving the wartime "comfort women" issue, with victims and support groups denouncing the agreement as too soft while academics and the media voice their support.

     Kim Bok-dong, a former comfort woman, criticized the deal Tuesday as not explicitly acknowledging Japan's legal responsibility. She demanded that Japan offer a proper apology in order to restore the victims' honor.

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