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South Korea, Japan to hold rare official talks on "comfort women"

Published on Apr 13, 2014 4:24 PM
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a trilateral meeting with the US presidentat the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 25, 2014, after they attended the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Senior South Korean and Japanese officials will meet this week to discuss Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday, April 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Senior South Korean and Japanese officials will meet this week to discuss Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.

Ties between the two close US allies have long been poisoned by what South Korea consider Japan's failure to atone for its wartime past, including the issue of so-called comfort women, forced to work in Japanese brothels.

The talks on Wednesday will be held a week or so before US President Barack Obama will visit both countries. Mr Obama brought together the leaders of the East Asian neighbours last month in the Netherlands.

Japan reportedly wanted the upcoming talks to include other issues including overlapping claims to some islands and North Korea, but South Korea's Yonhap news agency said they had agreed to focus on the "comfort women" as South Korea insisted.

 
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