Japan will not revise sex slavery apology - UN envoyUpdated: 2014-03-07 21:55:32 (KST)
Japan's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Takashi Okada, said Tokyo, contrary to earlier suggestions, has never spoken of reviewing the 1993 Kono statement, in which then-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono apologized to the victims of Japan's sex slavery.
"Since then the position of the government of Japan has not changed at all. The government of Japan has never spoke of reviewing the Kono-statement."
Back in Geneva, Okada said the Japanese government had fully compensated the victims through a 1965 treaty that normalized Korea's economic and diplomatic relations after its liberation from Japan.
Late last month, Suga said Tokyo would re-examine the testimony given by former sex slaves as the government at the time did not verify the victims' remarks.
Following Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se's remarks on Wednesday Yoo Yeon-cheol, Deputy Chief of South Korea UN mission urged Japan to admit to and take responsibility for its military's past use of sex slaves.
"The political leaders and common officials of Japan have recently tried to deny the Kono-statement of 1993."
South Korea wasn't alone in criticizing Tokyo for its past actions and current inaction.
The North Korean and Chinese ambassadors to the UN said the Japanese government was trying to deny and hide its past wrongdoings.
The U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, on Thursday called on Korea and Japan to improve relations and said the U.S. will do what it can to help.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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