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Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has rebuffed Tokyo’s demands to remove statues of the “comfort women” installed in front of its diplomatic missions in South Korea, according to an interview published Friday.

“If the ¥1 billion is related to the removal of the girls’ statues . . . the money should be sent back,” Ban told the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper aboard an airplane on his way home to South Korea on Thursday.

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