Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the decision of Japan and south Korea to make efforts to seek an early solution to the issue of "comfort women for the Imperial Japanese Army."
It was reported that the Japan-south Korea summit held in Seoul
early in November decided to accelerate the discussion on seeking an
early solution to the said issue.
As the whole world knows, the sexual slavery for the Imperial
Japanese Army committed by the state of Japan in an organized manner in
the period of the Japanese imperialists' occupation of Korea and during
World War II is one of the crimes which Japan should redress without
fail as it is the most hideous human rights abuses to which no statute
of limitations is applicable because it savagely violated the dignity,
virginity and physical bodies of women.
In the period of Japan's occupation of Korea for over 40 years in
the last century Japan forcibly drafted at least 8.4 million Koreans,
massacred more than one million, forced 200 000 Korean women into sexual
slaves, forced Koreans to change their names into Japanese ones and
committed such unheard-of monstrous crimes as conducting tests on living
bodies. It, however, shunned redemption of those crimes though seven
decades have passed since its defeat in the war.
The most cruel and despicable crimes are not such things that allow
the assailant to deal with them with one victimized party only out of
the victims to gloss over them.
This issue can hardly find a final solution unless the damage
suffered by all Koreans is redressed throughout Korea because there are
victims of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army not only in
the south of Korea but also in the north.
Japan should admit the state responsibility for all hideous crimes
committed against the Korean people including the sexual slavery for the
Imperial Japanese Army and the damage done by them and make reparation
for them in such a manner as to be understandable to all Koreans. -0-