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A South Korean civic group representing the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery strongly protested the government’s reference to a controversial 2015 bilateral deal to settle the slavery issue as an official agreement between the two countries.
The reaction from the Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan came on Wednesday, during a weekly demonstration held to denounce Japan’s wartime atrocities.
Expressing anger towards Seoul’s response to a recent court ruling that ordered Japan to compensate the victims, the Council urged the government to demand that Tokyo take full responsibility and work towards restoring the victims’ honor and human rights.
In a recent landmark ruling, the Seoul Central District Court ordered the Japanese government to pay 100 million won each to 12 Korean victims.
South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said while it respects the judiciary’s decision, it stands by the position that the 2015 bilateral agreement is an official deal between the two countries.