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Nominee for South Korean ministerial post calls for renegotiations of comfort women pact

Yomiuri, Sankei, and Nikkei reported from Seoul on remarks made on Tuesday at the parliament by a college professor who has been tapped by President Moon as the minister of gender equality and family. The nominee commented on the comfort women agreement with Japan by saying: “This is a matter that can be renegotiated…. As it was an inappropriate accord that failed to take the victims into account, I think readjustment will be necessary to fully incorporate the victims’ opinions. Since the pact is problematic, we need to produce results by resuming discussions.” The nominee said, however, that she cannot declare the pact “totally invalid” since diplomacy must be mutually beneficial.     

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