U.S. lawmakers blast Japan's review of landmark sexual slavery apologyUpdated: 2014-06-28 18:21:14 (KST)
It's a letter sent to the Japanese government--
Signed by Representative Mike Honda and 17 other U.S. lawmakers, the letter protests Japan's recent review of the "Kono Statement," the 1993 apology for the sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two.
In the letter, the lawmakers say it's "regrettable" and "unacceptable" that Japan has even suggested the forcing of women into sexual slavery is "unconfirmed."
The letter continues to say that the women involved, otherwise known as "comfort women," demand more "dignity and respect". as they still live to this day, asking for the Japanese government to do more to acknowledge its past wrongdoings.
The letter ends with the lawmakers asking Japan to not revise the Kono Statement as it has promised.
This move from the U.S. comes about a week after the Abe administration announced the results of its review.
Japan concluded Seoul and Tokyo edited the wording of the apology, but said it would not change the statement.
The U.S. lawmakers are now urging Tokyo to resolve the highly emotive issue, and subsequently boost relations with both the U.S. and South Korea.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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What a mess.