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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been reacting strongly against Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang's remark during an interview, that the Japanese emperor should apologize for the sexual slavery of Korean women during World War II. But the Korean politician answered that he had just spoken out his opinion in the interview.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who attended the budget meeting at Japan's House of Representatives, continued his attack on South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang for two straight days. He protested strongly, claiming that the Japanese people would have been angered by Moon's interview with Bloomberg in which he said the issue of comfort women would be resolved if the Japanese emperor, the son of a key war criminal, apologized to the Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery. The Japanese Prime Minister referred to the 2015 bilateral agreement reached between Seoul and Tokyo on the comfort women issue.
[Soundbite] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe : "If an agreement is overturned when administrations change hand, a relationship between two countries cannot be established from the start."
Speaker Moon, who is in the United States with a delegation of Korean lawmakers to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue, explained what he meant by the comment. He said calling the Japanese emperor the son of a key war criminal was meant to emphasize the need to have a sincere apology from the leader. As for Japan's demand that he withdraw the remark and apologize for it, Moon responded that he had just spoken out his opinion and the matter does not merit his apology.
[Soundbite] Nat'l Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang : "My thoughts haven't changed. It only takes one word. Prime Minister Abe is the highest official representing Japan and what the late Kim Bok-dong, the victim of wartime sexual slavery, wanted was something as small as a postcard from him."
Diplomats believe the Abe administration's overre