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The Chiba branch of Mindan, the pro-Seoul group of Korean residents in Japan, denounced on Monday its national headquarters’ decision to end hostilities with the pro-Pyongyang group.

In a statement of protest to the central executives, the prefectural branch of the Korean Residents Union in Japan (Mindan) described the reconciliation as “not approvable by any means,” and demanded “withdrawal of the proposal (for reconciliation) or the complete resignation of Central Headquarters’ executives.”

The statement was in response to Mindan’s recent reconciliation with the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun).

The Korean community in Japan has long been split between the pro-Seoul and pro-Pyongyang groups, in reflection of the long-standing confrontation between North and South Korea during the Cold War years.

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