Korean lawmakers condemn Japan's review of sex slavery apologyUpdated: 2014-07-01 06:27:32 (KST)
Calling Tokyo's review of the 1993 Kono Statement an historical provocation, Korean lawmakers in a resolution adopted on Monday, accused Japan of contradicting itself by denying the essence of its past apology.
The Abe administration recently claimed that Seoul and Tokyo negotiated the content of the apology, after lacking evidence to confirm the Japanese military's wartime sex slaves were forced into prostitution.
In the 1993 statement, Japan acknowledged its military was involved in the establishment and management of military brothels, and that the coercion of women by private recruiters was done at the request of the military.
"The Korean National Assembly makes clear that the Kono Statement was publicized based on the findings of the Japanese government's own investigation and was not the result of Korea and Japan's negotiations."
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The Korean lawmakers denounced the Japanese government for damaging the spirit of cooperative ties in Northeast Asia, warning such a provocative act would only serve to isolate Japan from the international community.
Lawmakers called on Seoul to search for additional evidence that the Japanese military coerced women from Korea and other Asian countries.
Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se vowed to respond firmly to any attempt by Tokyo to distort history.
"Beyond Seoul-Tokyo ties, the Korean government will treat the issue from a universal humanitarian perspective and cooperate with the international community to increase pressure on Japan."
Seoul is expected to release a white paper on the so-called comfort women by July of next year, detailing the damage done to victims and exactly how the women were coerced by the Japanese military.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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