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ROK takes issue with Japan’s plan to nominate Niigata gold mine as World Heritage site

NTV reported that the South Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday calling for Japan to forego its plan to recommend adding the Sado Gold Mine in Niigata Prefecture to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. “We urge the Japanese government to withdraw the recommendation immediately since the mine was used as a platform for forced labor,” a ministry spokesperson said in the statement. The official went on to say that Seoul will deal with the matter “resolutely in coordination with UNESCO and the international community to ensure that the site will not be registered without a sufficient description as the location of forced labor.”

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