During the Right of Reply in this
session, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea responded to the statement made
by the Japanese Representative at the High Level Segment.
DPRK argued issues related to the “forced laborers” which were not
forced, “sex slaves” who were “war time prostitutes” and North Korean schools
But his arguments were totally
Regarding the abduction issue, DPRK
has been continuously blamed by the international community as one of the worst
Koreans who worked for the Japanese
companies during World War II were just “wartime laborers” rather than “forced laborers,” and entirely
different from “slave laborers” which DPRK representative said in his speech.
Comfort women were “wartime
prostitutes.” We strongly believe the
most important thing to resolve historical issues are “fact-centered approach”
rather than “victim-centered approach” which rests merely on emotions and
A “victim-centered approach” relies
exclusively on the oral testimonies of self-proclaimed comfort women. However testimonies must be substantiated
with evidences and subjected to cross-examination. Indeed, testimonies by so-called comfort
women are not based on hard evidence.
South Korean schools are getting
government subsidiaries based on the rule of the Ministry of Education however
North Korean schools are not following it.
But if they follow the rules, they
can get it even from the next day.
DPRK is requested to sincerely face
the problems, stop
violating the human rights and return all the abductees abducted from Japan
which DPRK admitted that their agents kidnapped.
The Republic of Korea’s Supreme Court ruled Japanese companies must pay
compensation to Koreans for having been “forced” into labor during World War
Koreans who worked for Japanese companies at the time chose to work
seeking a good wage based on their own will.
Mobilization of Korean-Japanese nationals for a mere six months was not
forced and entirely within international law.
The compensation between Japan and the ROK was resolved completely and
finally by the Japan-ROK agreement signed in 1965.
The Japanese Supreme Court also ruled “an individual demand is
Demanding compensation from Japanese companies based on the Korean
Supreme Court ruling is tantamount to revoking a legally binding treaty signed
between two nations, which violating Japan’s sovereignty and trampling upon the
rights of the Japanese people.
Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha addressed at this council last year and last week, repeatedly
violating the same treaty and additional bilateral treaty signed in December
2015 related to the Comfort Women issue. Treaty is a promise between
nations. Even kids know the braking promise is wrong.
Before talking about the comfort women issue, Kang Kyung-wha needs to apologize to the victims of the
sexual violence committed by South Korean troops during the Vietnam War and
take victim-centered measures.
Why this council is tolerating the nation who always violates the
We demand this council to instruct South Korean Government to immediately
undertake measures to correct their errant diplomatic relations and sincerely
apologize to the Vietnamese victims called Lai-Dai-Han.
I thank you very much for you attention, Madam Vice President.