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South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe missed an opportunity to improve ties between their countries by not apologizing for Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves during his U.S. trip.

“There is much criticism, even in the U.S., about the Abe government not taking advantage of the chance to strengthen trust with neighboring nations with a sincere apology over historical issues, including the (wartime) ‘comfort women’ victims,” Park said Monday at a meeting with secretaries, according to her office’s website.

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