ROK clarifies stance on bilateral deal

By Sho Mizuno / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentSEOUL — Amid a fresh argument over the bilateral accord on the comfort women issue reached in 2015 with Japan, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Friday, “We have no intention of demanding additional measures from Japan,” after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe emphasized his stance on not accepting any of Seoul’s unilateral demands.

South Korean President Moon Jae In urged Japan to return to the principle of truth and justice for resolving the issue at his New Year’s press conference on Wednesday.

After the Japanese side reacted sharply to the statement, the South Korean official clarified its position. The official pointed out that former comfort women are seeking a “voluntary, sincere apology” and said, “We will welcome anything if Japan voluntarily shows an attitude of sincerity.”Speech

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