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South Korean foreign minister calls for removal of comfort woman statue

NHK reported at noon that South Korean Foreign Minister Yun sent a letter last week to municipal authorities in Busan, where a comfort woman statue was erected in front of the Japanese Consulate General. He reportedly wrote that the South Korean government, the Busan government, and civic groups need to exchange views on how to relocate the statue. Yun also reportedly wrote that it is not desirable in terms of international relations or protocol to erect a statue in front of a foreign diplomatic mission. The network said this is the first concrete move by the ROK government to address the issue. Meanwhile, the local government reportedly said the issue cannot be resolved by municipal authorities because the issue of the comfort woman statue has become a diplomatic issue and there is strong opposition from the public to relocating the statue.

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