Saenuri Defeat to Affect Bilateral Deal

By Nakajima, Kentaro | The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan), April 15, 2016 | Go to article overview

Saenuri Defeat to Affect Bilateral Deal


Nakajima, Kentaro, The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)


SEOUL -- The crushing defeat of South Korean President Park Geun-hye's ruling Saenuri Party in the general election will inevitably throw the Park administration into lame-duck status.

Regarding the Japan-South Korea deal on so-called comfort women, which was realized at the end of last year, Park had said it was her "wish to implement the deal sincerely," but the government will likely be deadlocked under the pressure from opposition parties and other groups.

The comfort women was not a major issue in the election, but the Minjoo Party of Korea, which has become the leading party in the National Assembly, insisted in its election campaign promises that it withdraw the bilateral deal and move for renegotiation.

If the Park administration takes actions on issues stated in the deal -- including the removal of a statue of a girl symbolizing comfort women in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul -- the opposition parties will sharply react against it based on their pledges.

To counteract North Korea's provocative acts, the South Korean government is working to strengthen trilateral security cooperation with Japan and the United States. …

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