International

S. Korean president calls sex slave

deal with Japan flawed

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in (MOON JAY’-een) says the country’s 2015 agreement with Japan to settle a decades-long impasse over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery is seriously flawed.

Moon’s statement Thursday in which he vows unspecified follow-up measures to meet the victims’ demands potentially throws the future of the deal in doubt, two years after both countries declared it as “final and irreversible.”

The statement came a day after a state-appointed panel concluded that Seoul’s previous conservative government failed to properly communicate with the victims before reaching the deal.

The Foreign Ministry says government officials will hold extensive discussions with victims and experts before deciding whether to pursue changes to the deal.

Japanese officials have said a renegotiation is unacceptable.

Vietnam jails 2 dozens on charges

of terrorism, subversion

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese courts have handed down harsh prison sentences to two dozen people after finding them guilty of terrorism and subversion including a case linked to an exiled group.

A court in Ho Chi Minh City convicted 14 people for a petrol bomb attack at the city’s international airport in April and sentenced them to between five and 16 years in prison Wednesday.

The bomb caused a scare but no casualties. It was linked to an exiled group of the defeated South Vietnamese republic.

A court in south-central province of Binh Dinh sentenced nine people to between three to 14 years for attempted subversion and spreading propaganda against the communist state.

Both cases were reported by state-run Thanh Nien newspaper. Court officials were unavailable for comment Thursday.

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