Moon says ‘comfort women’ issue cannot be resolved diplomatically

SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday sought to urge Japan to sincerely apologize to Korean women forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military decades ago, saying the issue cannot be resolved diplomatically.

"The issue of comfort women for the Japanese military can truly be resolved when the victims' dignity and honor are restored and their broken hearts are healed," Moon said in a ceremony marking the designation of a new national day for comfort women.

The issue has long been a source of dispute between South Korea and Japan as Tokyo flatly denies any coercion in mobilizing the former comfort women, calling them voluntary prostitutes.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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