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Japan and South Korea compromise on 'comfort women' issue

SEOUL/WASHINGTON   A determination to resolve their long-festering dispute by year-end and warm up chilly relations led the Japanese and South Korean governments to bury the hatchet on the issue of wartime "comfort women."

     A mutually acceptable agreement has been reached, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said at the start of a news conference after a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, on Dec. 28. Kishida and Yun outlined their governments' positions, but they took no questions and put out no joint documents on the accord.

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