The Korean government is stepping up its diplomatic campaign to press Japan to repent and compensate for the women it forced into sexual slavery during World War 2.
Speaking at the 'Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit' in London on Thursday, Korea's Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul said Japan's horrific crime should never be repeated and swift action needed to be taken for the sake of the victims.
"The Japanese government needs to acknowledge its responsibility for the comfort women issue, make an official apology and take responsible measures in order to prevent such a tragedy from happening again."
The minister emphasized that Tokyo recognizing its past wrongdoings and taking action are needed to move forward.
"We will not be able to construct a sexual violence-free world if there is no repent, apology, and probe into past crimes."
An estimated 200-thousand women, mostly Korean, were used as sex slaves by the Japanese military during the war.
However, Tokyo claims that the issue was settled through a 1965 treaty that normalized the two countries' diplomatic ties.
The London gathering, the largest of its kind, hopes to find ways to bring an end to warzone rape in parts of Africa and the Middle East.
Bringing together more than 100 countries, the four-day conference hopes to come up with practical measures to prevent wartime sexual violence and expand international support for the victims.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.