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Japan refuses South Korea’s call to do more for ‘comfort women Eduardo Munoz Reuters
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2018, 06:51

Moon had stated that while it is "undeniable" that the deal is an official bilateral agreement, the "erroneous knot" with Japan over the "comfort women" issue must be untied by Tokyo apologising to the victims.

At their joint news conference, Abe said it was significant that the two countries agree on the North Korean issue.

Seoul's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the Korea-Japan deal on "comfort women", a euphemism for women forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese military from the 1930s to the end of World War II, was flawed and failed to resolve the issue.

In his first public response to Mr Moon's comments, Mr Abe said yesterday: "Such unilateral demands that Japan take additional steps are absolutely unacceptable".

The 2015 agreement was "a promise between the two nations". Seoul's foreign ministry said that a trilateral meeting among South Korea, the USA and Japan is also being considered on the topic of North Korea and the latest inter-Korean talks.

Zinedine Zidane pens new 2-year contract with Real Madrid
Real are worlds adrift of their El Clasico rivals Barcelona , who top the La Liga tree by nine points and sit 16 clear of Zidane's struggling Real.


Nifty, Sensex Post Sixth Straight Weekly Gain
On the macro front, the government is scheduled to announce industrial production data for November 2017 today, 12 January 2018. Turnover in the cash segment rose to Rs 38,117.13 crore from Rs 35,305.76 crore as on Thursday.


Finally KQ to fly Nairobi-New York direct
Mikosz said business class customers will pay Sh257,634 both ways and that the tickets will be subject to government approval. This comes after the airline KQ and the airport JKIA ( Jomo Kenyatta International Airport ) got the required approvals.


Seoul, while maintaining it will not seek to renegotiate the deal, said it will plan to match the 1 billion yen ($8.98 million) paid by the Japanese government under the deal, with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha saying that it will decide how to use Japan's contribution.

Following a meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, Abe said both leaders agreed about the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear arms program.

"I don't think Korea-Japan ties will get worse".

Political scientist Tosh Minohara of Kobe University told The Straits Times that the comfort women issue has been dug up over and over again for "domestic political gain" in South Korea. "It is also important to deal with Korea's relationship with Japan carefully". They have demanded the deal be invalidated, saying the government did not consult with them in advance and Japan's apology was not honest.

Moon had lambasted the agreement on the campaign trail and was elected president in May after Park was impeached and jailed over a massive corruption scandal.

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