South Korea wants Heritage status denied


South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has asked UNESCO not to register Japanese-proposed sites on the World Heritage list.

Yun made the proposal during a meeting Tuesday with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

Bokova replied that World Heritage registrations must play a role in promoting integration among nations, not divide them or cause conflict.

Japan has proposed industrial sites be added to the World Heritage list, which South Korea says include facilities where Koreans were forced to work as conscripted laborers.