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Japan may take retaliatory steps if ROK rejects arbitration panel on forced labor issue

Saturday’s Yomiuri quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry official as saying on Friday that if the ROK government refuses to enter into arbitration procedures on the wartime requisitioned workers issue based on the 1965 bilateral agreement on wartime compensation claims by the deadline of July 18, this will amount to a violation of international law, in which case Japan can take retaliatory measures authorized under international law. He reportedly said: “If [the ROK] is found to have failed to fulfill its obligations, it will be necessary to send a message.”

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