South Korea has warned Japan to exercise caution when making remarks about bilateral ties, including the issue of Korean “comfort women” forced to work in Japanese military brothels during the Second World War.
The warning followed reported comments by Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, during a visit to Seoul to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and lawmakers.
Speaking with South Korean lawmakers, Nikai said on Saturday that “those plotting schemes” to block bilateral ties from moving forward should be “eradicated”, several Japanese and South Korean media reported.
“I don’t know if in South Korea there are even a handful, but they must be eradicated,” Nikai was quoted as saying. He also expressed hope for the two countries to “get along well” and not to have relations tangled with “trivial matters”.
Nikai’s office at the Liberal Democratic Party could not confirm his reported comments, which appeared not to include any direct …
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