Japan PM says to convey to world that US, Japan, S.Korea cooperation on N.Korea is firm

by Reuters
Friday, 9 February 2018 01:09 GMT

TOKYO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking before leaving for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, said on Friday that he wanted to convey to the world that cooperation among the United States, Japan and South Korea on the North Korean threat remained firm.

Abe, set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in later on Friday, also said he would convey to Moon Tokyo's position on a 2015 bilateral agreement on "comfort women" - many Korean - who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two, while urging "future-oriented" two-way ties.

Under the 2015 deal between Japan and South Korea, reached by Abe and Moon's predecessor, Japan apologised to former "comfort women" and provided a 1 billion yen ($9 million) fund to help them. But South Korea has said the agreement failed to meet victims' needs, calling for more steps. (Reporting by Linda Sieg and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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