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Korean president Park thanks U.S. law makers to help with comfort women issue

Korean president Park thanks U.S. law makers to help with comfort women issue

President Park Geun-hye sat down for talks with U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday, and used the opportunity to highlight unresolved issues surrounding Japan’s use of sex slaves during World War Two.
Meeting a group led by U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, the president said just 55 of Korea’s sexual slavery victims, better known as “comfort women,” remain alive today.
President Park thanked Royce for taking the lead in Congress in support of Korea’s efforts to resolve historical issues with Japan, and for visiting a comfort women memorial in Glendale, California.
Representative Royce expressed support for President Park’s vision for reunification with North Korea, saying it would pave the way to provide new opportunities for the North Korean people.

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Top U.S. Lawmaker Visits ‘Comfort Women’ Statue

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U.S. Representative Ed Royce, who chairs the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, on Friday visited a statue in Glendale, California honoring women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army.

Royce called for the atrocities Japan committed during World War II to be taught in schools.

The 1,100-pound bronze statue was the first of its kind outside of Korea and the result of two years of efforts by Korean Americans in California. Royce was the first federal lawmaker to visit the statue. His position as head of the Foreign Affairs Committee is expected to add pressure on the rightwing Japanese government, which is trying to squirm out of responsibility.

Royce also knelt before an altar honoring former sex slave Hwang Kum-ja, who died recently.

From Cho-sun Daily