South Korea Pushed On Sex Slave Issue


SEOUL, Aug. 31 (UPI) — South Korea ‘s Constitutional Court says the government must work harder to reach a settlement with Japan over the compensation of World War II sex slaves.

The court ruled this week that the government’s failure to settle disputes over the compensation of as many as 200,000 women forced to work as “comfort women” for Japanese soldiers is unconstitutional, Yonhap reported Wednesday.

The South Korean news agency said Japan has refused to apologize or provide financial compensation to the women involved, saying any financial claims were covered in a 1965 treaty that provided South Korea with $800 million in grants and loans, the news service said.

Yonhap said the issue of compensation for the women has grown in urgency because the women, who are now elderly, fear they will die before ever receiving either an apology or payment.

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