|S. KOREA WILL NOT RENEGOTIATE|
South Korea's foreign minister says her government will not renegotiate an agreement with Japan on the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women. The announcement comes despite a government task force concluding that the agreement does not sufficiently take into account the views of former comfort women.
On Tuesday, Kang Kyung-wha acknowledged it was an official agreement between the two governments, but she is calling on Japan to do more to help them. Japan's foreign minister rejected the call for further measures. Taro Kono said the agreement should serve as a foundation to promote cooperation.
The 2015 agreement confirmed it was resolved finally and irreversibly. At the time, Japan's prime minister apologized and expressed remorse to all the women who suffered physical and psychological wounds as comfort women during World War II. Based on the agreement, the Japanese government provided about nine million dollars to a foundation set up by the South Korean government to support the women.