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Moon and Kishida disagree on historical issues

President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida failed to narrow their differences on key issues, such as Japan's forced wartime labor and sex slavery, in their first phone call Friday, 11 days after the latter took office. They only agreed to disagree on those historical issues which have continued to strain bilateral ties.

During the 30-minute conversation, Moon underlined the need for diplomatic approaches to resolve a far-reaching dispute caused by the 2018 rulings by Korea's Supreme Court that ordered Japanese firms to pay compensation to surviving South Korean victims of forced labor. Regarding the sex slavery issue, Moon called for measures that will satisfy surviving victims without affecting relations between the two........

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