South Korea presents Japan's U.N. envoy Bessho with top diplomatic award


Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Koro Bessho has been awarded a medal by South Korea for his contribution to bilateral relations.

South Korean Ambassador Oh Joon presented the Gwanghwa Medal of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit to Bessho on Friday at South Korea’s mission to the U.N. in New York. It’s the highest honor in the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit.

Before becoming Japan’s U.N. envoy in June, Bessho was ambassador to Seoul for nearly four years and contributed to the landmark agreement last December to resolve the wartime “comfort women” issue.