South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in an interview published on Tuesday that Japan must “take legal responsibility for its actions” and “make an official apology” in order to resolve controversy over a deal to tackle the issue of women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military.
The remarks in his interview with The Washington Post were his strongest to date with regard to the “comfort women” agreement, which was struck by his predecessor in 2015.
“The core to resolving the issue is for Japan to take legal responsibility for its actions and to make an official [government] apology,” he said.
In reiterating his earlier stance announced soon after becoming president in early May, Moon stressed that the agreement made under the previous administration “is not accepted by the people of [South] Korea, particularly by the victims”.
In accordance with the December 2015 agreement, Japan disbursed 1 billion yen (about US$9 …