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Korea, Japan lobbying Washington on Tokyo's review of landmark sex slavery apology
Updated: 2014-06-26 04:08:49 KST

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The diplomatic dispute over Tokyo's recent re-examination of its landmark apology for wartime sex slavery is raging in Washington as the two sides attempt to get U.S. support for their stance on the issue.
The Korean government as well as the Korean American organizations are countering the Abe administration's claims that the 1993 apology, known as the Kono Statement, was born out of political negotiations with Korea.
South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yong has expressed his deep concerns over the matter during his meetings with top U.S. officials this week in the U.S. capital.
Organizations such as the Korean American Civic Empowerment and the Council of Korean Americans have also been lobbying Congress men and women for their support.
Seoul's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that Korea is looking at options from a strategic perspective, to firmly respond to Tokyo's review.
Japan's ambassador to the United States submitted an official statement on the review to a think tank in Washington last Friday, and explained Tokyo's stance on matter to congressmen.

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