Ex-comfort woman slams Japan accord in New York

(From the Korea Times)

By Kim Se-jeong

Lee Yong-soo, 89, one of the Korean sexual slave victims during World War II, said in New York City, Tuesday, that she will not accept the December verbal agreement between the Korean and Japanese governments.

“I cannot accept what the Korean and Japanese governments agreed to in December. That cannot be an agreement,” Lee said Tuesday in front of New York City Hall. “I am a victim of the atrocity. Japan is lying to the world. But Japan can’t hide the truth forever. Abe and other leaders should apologize officially and make reparations.”

Lee Yong-soo, one of the surviving victims of Japan`s wartime sexual slavery, holds a news conference in front of New York City Hall on March 8.

Lee Yong-soo, one of the surviving victims of Japan`s wartime sexual slavery, holds a news conference in front of New York City Hall on March 8.

She demanded an apology and compensation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for crimes against almost 200,000 women.

Laurie Cumbo, one of New York City’s council members in charge of women’s issue who invited Lee to speak on International Women’s Day, expressed her and the city council’s support for the victims. The New York City Council is pushing for the passage of a resolution on sexual slavery in condemnation of Japan.

Cumbo said she would stand behind the victims in their demands that Japan should acknowledge its wartime crimes and make an apology for it. Read more



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