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The South Korean Foreign Ministry has sent an official letter to a district office in Busan asking that a contentious statue symbolizing the women forced into Imperial Japanese military brothels before and during the war be removed from its spot outside the Japanese Consulate, a ministry spokesman said Thursday.

“The Foreign Ministry has repeated the position the location of a statue . . . is not desirable in view of the comity of nations and international practices, and, in this regard, (the ministry) has delivered such position to the local office,” ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said at a news briefing.

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