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U.S. urges Japan to resolve wartime sexual enslavement issue Updated: 2014-08-07 03:41:28 KST

U.S. urges Japan to resolve wartime sexual enslavement issue
The United States is urging Japan to resolve the issue of its wartime system of sex slavery, and take responsibility for its past atrocities.

"We encourage Japan to continue to address this issue in a manner that promotes healing and facilitates better relations with neighboring states."

The State Department confirmed a report on Tuesday that White House and State Department representatives held closed-door interviews with Lee Ok-sun and Kang Il-chul , two Korean victims of Japan's sex slavery system to discuss their experiences.
Emphasizing that it wasn't the first face-to-face meetings between the women and U.S. officials, the spokesperson said Washington was open to holding similar meetings again in the future.

"It is deplorable and clearly a grave human rights violation of enormous proportions that the Japanese military was involved in the trafficking of women for sexual purposes in the 1930s and 1940s."

Citing a spokesman at the U.S. National Safety Council, Korea's Yonhap News Agency also reports the two women met with the officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement.
However, the names of the officials who met with the women have not been disclosed.

Lee Ok-sun and Kang Il-chul are currently traveling around the U.S taking part in memorial events remembering the victims of Japan's historical wrongdoings.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

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