Anchor: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has strongly protested South Korea’s renewed stance on the 2015 bilateral deal on settling Japan’s wartime sexual slavery. Amid the escalating tension, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan are expected to meet on the sidelines of a meeting of international foreign ministers in Canada next week.
Alannah Hill has this report.
Report: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he cannot accept Seoul's renewed position on the 2015 sex slavery agreement.
Speaking to reporters at his residence on Friday, Abe addressed the South Korean government's renewed stance on the deal the ousted Park Geun-hye government signed.
Abe stressed that the settlement was a promise reached between two countries, arguing that Seoul must abide by the international principle of keeping an accord.
He said that Japan has faithfully implemented the agreement and he will continue to call on South Korea to do the same.
Earlier on Tuesday, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in a news conference that the 2015 agreement cannot be a genuine solution to the wartime sexual enslavement issue as it does not reflect the opinions of the elderly women.
The following day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in touched on the issue during his New Year's news conference, pressing Tokyo to sincerely apologize to the surviving wartime sex slavery victims.
Amid the escalating tension, Foreign Minister Kang is expected to meet with her Japanese counterpart in Canada on the sidelines of a meeting of international foreign ministers set to open in Vancouver on Tuesday.
According to Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily on Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told a local program on Thursday that a meeting with Kang will be naturally arranged on the sidelines of the Vancouver meeting.
The South Korean Foreign Ministry also hinted on Thursday that schedules could be coordinated to arrange a possible bilateral meeting or contact between the two ministers.
The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by the U.S. and Canada, will discuss diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News.