South Korea’s Yun asks Japanese lawmakers for restraint over ‘comfort women’ deal


South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Wednesday that he wants Japanese government officials and lawmakers to refrain from making comments that may create misunderstandings about an accord the two nations reached earlier this week to settle the issue of so-called comfort women.

In talks with South Korean reporters, Yun also said that he expects the Japanese government to successfully win support for the agreement from various quarters in the country.

The Japanese and South Korean governments reached the agreement on Monday to finally and irreversibly resolve the issue of Korean comfort women who were forced into prostitution for Japanese troops before and during World War II.

Some conservative Japanese lawmakers, including those in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, have expressed dissatisfaction with the agreement.

Against this background, Yun is believed to have called on Japanese lawmakers and others not to make comments that reject important words in the agreement, such as the “involvement of the Japanese military authorities” in the comfort women system, sources familiar with the matter said.

Yun also said the relationship between South Korea and Japan is possibly the toughest bilateral link among member countries of the United Nations, adding that he expects the two countries to have new ties in 2016.