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South Korea slams Japan over war shrine visits

Published on Aug 15, 2014 12:23 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Friday denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for offering donations to a controversial war shrine that Seoul sees as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past.

"Our government deplores that the Japanese prime minister gave offerings again to the Yasukuni shrine, the symbol of Japan's colonial atrocity," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.

The statement also slammed two Japanese cabinet ministers who visited the shrine, which honours some 2.5 million citizens who died in World War II, including 14 indicted war criminals.

"Japanese politicians should bear in mind that only when they abandon their revisionist attitudes and atone for the country's past can bilateral relations make stable progress," the spokesman said.

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