BRIEFS DPRK slams Ja­pan’s ‘lat­est move to evade re­spon­si­bil­ity for wartime crimes’

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The Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea (DPRK) on Mon­day slammed Ja­pan for its lat­est move to evade re­spon­si­bil­ity for the “com­fort women” crimes com­mit­ted by the Imperial Army of Ja­pan dur­ing World War II.

The United Na­tions Com­mit­tee for the Abo­li­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion re­cently pub­li­cised the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment’s re­ply to the agency’s rec­om­men­da­tions for com­pre­hen­sively solv­ing the “com­fort women” is­sue, in­clud­ing ap­pro­pri­ate repa­ra­tions.

In its re­ply, the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment said, “The is­sue had al­ready been set­tled un­der the San Fran­cisco Peace Treaty,” adding that it is “dif­fi­cult to make de­tailed ver­i­fi­ca­tion from now,” thus the gov­ern­ment is un­able to hold those re­spon­si­ble to ac­count.

In ref­er­ence to Tokyo’s re­fusal to recog­nise its crime of con­scrip­tion of “com­fort women” dur­ing WWII, DPRK’s of­fi­cial daily Rodong Sin­mun said in a com­men­tary that Ja­pan’s crimes re­lated to sex­ual slav­ery are hideously against hu­man­ity and can never be par­doned.

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