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Abe arrives in Estonia on 1st leg of European tour

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas address a press conference in Tallinn Estonia Abe arrives in Estonia on 1st leg of European tour
Melinda Barton | 12 January, 2018, 21:07

On the security front, Abe will seek the European nations' cooperation in raising pressure on North Korea through the steady implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions imposed over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs, they said.

"This is not only related to Japan's image, but also to historical justice", the spokesperson said.

Under a landmark bilateral deal struck in December 2015 under the government of Moon's predecessor Park Geun-hye, both countries agreed that the "comfort women" issue, that had led to diplomatic ties between both countries becoming significantly strained, would be "finally and irreversibly" resolved.

January 11, 2018 (EIRNS)-Following his meeting with Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and Yoshihisa Inoue, Secretary General of the Komeito Party (the LDP's coalition partner), Premier Shinzo Abe said Japan will "properly respond to" individual cooperation programs related to the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, Xinhua reported.

"It is a universal principle that bilateral agreements are followed", Mr Abe told reporters in his first public comments since the issue flared up again this week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Wednesday called for a "heartfelt apology" from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemning a 2015 agreement as a "wrongful" solution. The Japan-South Korea deal was a promise between countries. "Japan should accept the truth, make a heartfelt apology to victims". Following the ministry's announcement, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that Tokyo could not accept South Korea's demands for additional measures.

Japanese media reports have said Abe may not attend the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month because of the feud, although the government's top spokesman said on Thursday that it had not been decided.

President Moon pledged to renegotiate the deal on his campaign trail, but he has also vowed to normalize icy ties with Japan.