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South Korea warns Japan of 'isolation' over war sex slavery review

Published on Mar 1, 2014 11:19 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Saturday warned that Japan would face isolation if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit an apology over wartime sex slavery.

Her warning, in a speech marking the anniversary of a 1919 anti-Japanese uprising, coincided with the opening of a rare exhibition on "comfort women" in Seoul, a euphemism for women who were forced into Japanese military brothels during World War II.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration is moving to reconsider a 1995 apology for comfort women, putting further stress on the already frayed ties between the two neighbours.

"Historical truth is in testimony from the survivors. Japan would only bring isolation on itself if it turns a deaf ear to their testimony and sweeps it under the rug for political benefits", she said.

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