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Abe urges Moon to respect 2015 accord / PM reaffirms position on comfort women deal

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South Korean President Moon Jae In, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday.

Jiji PressPYEONGCHANG (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday urged Seoul to steadily implement its December 2015 bilateral accord with Tokyo on the issue of so-called comfort women.

They reaffirmed cooperation among the two Asian countries and the United States in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile development programs.

During the bilateral summit, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Abe explained Japan’s position on the bilateral accord for “finally and irreversibly” resolving the issue of comfort women.

It is Abe’s first visit to South Korea since November 2015 and the first since Moon took office in May 2017.

The Abe-Moon meeting took place at a hotel near the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, the venue for the opening ceremony for the Winter Games.

Some members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party opposed his visit to South Korea, due to the Moon administration’s stance on the comfort women issue.

Moon has criticized the bilateral deal, claiming that it is seriously flawed and not a real solution to the problem.

Abe opted to make the visit, however, as he prioritizes Japan-South Korea cooperation over North Korean issues, informed sources said.

At the bilateral summit, Abe is believed to have told Moon that Japan cannot accept the South Korean side’s demand for follow-up measures regarding the comfort women issue.

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