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S Korea to continue efforts to improve ties with Japan, says Moon

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What is the point of making an agreement with Korea? They will just break their word sooner or later and it is probably sooner. Lets just keep our self defense force ready to repulse any attack from Korea, north or south.

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Moon you silly little man.

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But we’re still going to pull out the 75-80 year old boogeyman whenever I get in trouble all knowing that if our national security is on the line you won’t let us down, right?

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Sick nation it is. After all, North or South wouldn't matter.

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The last time Moon said he wanted to improve ties, he was threatening to pull out of GSOMIA. It seems like he cares more about antagonizing Japan than protecting millions of people from nuclear war.

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If he wants to improve ties, he should address the people in his own country setting themselves on fire at protests, breaking into the Japanese embassy, refusing to refuel Japanese cars, harassing a US diplomat for having a moustache similar to a Japanese general's, and trying to trying to put stickers in classrooms saying “This device was made by a war criminal”. I grew up with my own parents constantly reminding me what Japan did as if it happened yesterday instead of seventy years ago.

The hypocrisy and insincerity make me ashamed to be Korean. Sadly, in South Korea, words speak louder than actions.

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Not as if Japan, or any other country, willingly gives itself bad press...that's the job of the press - to reveal truth.

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Unlike Japan, SK is a mature democracy where law is separate from government. 

Tell that to the dozens of English teachers who were deported or the Korean professor who was arrested for publishing a book revealing that there were comfort women who willingly entered comfort stations and other Koreans who helped scout and coerce women.

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And who coined the phrase that the Moon does not shine?

Good for him.

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Moon only said this because SK is going to begin seizing the Japanese companies' assets from the judicial hearing.

Once Japan begins protesting and taking retaliatory measures, Moon will say, "See, Japan is the party that isn't trying to mend relations."

He is a snake.

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This from the country that lied about consulting the US before threatening to scrap GSOMIA. South Korea has repeatedly said it wants to build better ties when every action it takes goes against that. Blatant hypocrisy.

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@tooheysnew

Moon is a two faced spineless hypocrite.

Have you ever studied who Moon is? Try to compare Abe or Suga with Moon regarding their entire life from childhood.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Jae-in

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinzo_Abe

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"South Korea freely seized Japanese assets with no impunity"

Little wonder the Japanese cannot speak Ingrish properly.

Jeeeez!

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

South Korea freely seized Japanese assets with no impunity. South Korea won the political and cultural war against Japan by persuading most of the world that Japan deserved it - Berlin bowed down to Seoul instead of Tokyo at the comfort woman statue. Last but not least, Japan lost the pride war (the small trade war against SK) where South Korea still emerged unscathed from the trade spat as Japanese businesses refused to cooperate with the government as well as there is Chinese assistance behind Koreans.

You made a good summary of the facts.

We can conclude that Japan is pretty f*cked up this time.

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Just lip service. You don't have to be a politician to know that they never meant what they say and they only do this to make themselves look good for voters. Actions speak more lounder than speeches. So far i haven't seen any movement from either side to try to patch things up. And i am pretty sure they never intend to.

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President Moon's conflict with Japan is merely a test that China pushed him to conduct it. The CCP wants to see if Japan truly has soft or hard power. The result is disappointing as Japan has neither.

South Korea freely seized Japanese assets with no impunity. South Korea won the political and cultural war against Japan by persuading most of the world that Japan deserved it - Berlin bowed down to Seoul instead of Tokyo at the comfort woman statue. Last but not least, Japan lost the pride war (the small trade war against SK) where South Korea still emerged unscathed from the trade spat as Japanese businesses refused to cooperate with the government as well as there is Chinese assistance behind Koreans.

The lesson from this South Korean fiasco is that China found out Japan can be easily disabled without waging a war. Most of the Japanese performing assets are in China, and the CCP can weaponize them through seizures which can almost collapse the Japanese economy. This is a test that CCP masterminded, and I admitted that China is quite genius.

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JamesToday  10:38 am JST

Is Moon hopping Biden will side with South Korea on the comfort women issue?

Definitely. But ain't gonna happen. Obama worked hard to get SK to agree to the 2015 "Permanent and Irreversible" CW Agreement which Moon promptly ripped up once in office.

Biden isn't the idiot Trump was (is) falling for Moon's strategy of gaining political points for himself while tricking the US to legitimize the Kim regime.

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@Lt. Winters

Please explain the following:

Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Basic_Relations_between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea

It was already explained in detail by Japanese politicians in charge. If you are interested in, study a little bit more:

https://youtu.be/XlZiD0Sua2A (in Japanese)

https://youtu.be/LB3xsKcMZXU (with Korean subtitle)

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South Korean President Moon Jae In said Monday he will continue efforts to build a "future-oriented" relationship with Japan as he delivered his New Year's speech.

Stated straight faced (almost), detected a slight snigger,  and without any hint of irony.

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2nd.- it's a bunch of good intentions written on paper, there's nothing that can stand on a court of law.

Last time I checked, Constitutions are written on paper, birth certificates are written on papers too.

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Is Moon hopping Biden will side with South Korea on the comfort women issue?

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i smell something fishy

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"We want better ties with you Japan. But we're also going to remind you how racist, evil, and vile you are, how you should apologize again and compensate us for the comfort women, and erect statues in their honor in San Francisco and other places where you have no authority to remove them. But seriously though, better ties?"

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Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Basic_Relations_between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea

1st.- The people that signed the document are a bunch of nobodies. They had no authority whatsoever.

2nd.- it's a bunch of good intentions written on paper, there's nothing that can stand on a court of law.

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It's a buzz word the Korean officials have always brought when they meet the dead end. Don't take it seriously. President Moon is already a lame duck. Let's wait and see him go off (to the prison?)

I'm not surprised if that happens. His ruling party's lawmaker named Yoon Mee-hyang allegedly embezzled and illegally diverted the comfort women fund. His predecessor is lonely in Seoul Detention Center.

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A court ruling cannot be illegal by definition.

Of course it can. Appeals courts all over the world make rulings every day that lower court decisions were not in accordance with the law. Supreme or Constitutional Courts all around the world rule a selection of these appeals court rulings were themselves not in accordance with law. The proven fact that judges and juries can be fallible is demonstrated by their rulings being overturned on appeal.

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"The soberany of a country"

Correctly:

Sovereignty or Suzerainty.

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Mr. Moon, Your responsible for the worst relations between Japan and S. Korea in the past 70 years.

He made promises to break the 2015 comfort woman deal if he gets elected, to get a new deal with more money and a new apology, even though 70% of Comfort women supported that deal. Hate against Japan was more important.

Under the Moon administration the Korean court usually in check and hold back by the previous Park administration. Under Moon, they got the blessing, the approval to escalate the situation.

It's no coincidence that at the same time under Moon, both the 1965 aggrement and 2015 aggrement are in trouble, dead on arrival under Moon.

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 a "future-oriented" relationship

It's a buzz word the Korean officials have always brought when they meet the dead end. Don't take it seriously. President Moon is already a lame duck. Let's wait and see him go off (to the prison?)

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"Unlike Japan, SK is a mature democracy where law is separate from government"

LOL, South Korea is not a nation of laws but of people.

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"That's a common misconception. It was never paid or finalized. There's no document or record of such a thing happening."

Really?

Please explain the following:

Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Basic_Relations_between_Japan_and_the_Republic_of_Korea

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Why would any entity of the Japanese government trust or even care what kind of feel good statements come out of Moon. Time and time and time again, Moon has shown his two faced nature in dealing with Japan. Constantly antagonizing and reneging on past official deals and apologies/compensation offered by the Japanese government.

Have at it Samit.

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Moon is a two faced spineless hypocrite.

He says he wants peace with Japan, all the while suing Japan, bashing Japan & blaming Japan.

Stop all these Moon, & you might get your peace

Moon does not bash Japan. He has expressed a desire for co-existance and peace.

Unlike Japan, SK is a mature democracy where law is separate from government. (That's if you can even call Japan's legal system "law" at all).

At the end of the it is a country like Japan which is run by a bureaucracy, not a statesman leader, that goes nowhere.

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All compensation has been paid. 100% settled in finality.

That's a common misconception. It was never paid or finalized. There's no document or record of such a thing happening.

If such document existed it shall be published ASAP.

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Pointless trying to improve relations if Moon doesnt strike out the illegal court ruling that Japan should compensate those 12 "victims". All compensation has been paid. 100% settled in finality. There is NO issue, anyone who states otherwise is lying.

Good !!, Korea must move forward, forget the past and forge a stronger alliance with Japan, Australia, USA and the rest of the free world..

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I wonder if Moon is bipolar?

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Moon is a two faced spineless hypocrite.

He says he wants peace with Japan, all the while suing Japan, bashing Japan & blaming Japan.

Stop all these Moon, & you might get your peace

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the illegal court ruling

A court ruling cannot be illegal by definition.

The soberany of a country is nullyfied in cases of slavism and abuse of human rights.

You can ignore it, but will get international sanctions. Don't expect to get any seat in any international community for a long time.

-16 ( +5 / -21 )

Pointless trying to improve relations if Moon doesnt strike out the illegal court ruling that Japan should compensate those 12 "victims". All compensation has been paid. 100% settled in finality. There is NO issue, anyone who states otherwise is lying.

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I hail good relationships between all countries, despite past, despite present and future. I think that the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan shows what truly cowardly leaders are all about. Just send the kids to war while we are secure in a bunker. Both leaders of those two countries are nothing but worthless pieces of cowardice. I hail Moon for his efforts, not only with Japan, but also with North Korea. Moon is a clearly anti-war guy, who has always heralded talks and peace over aggression and militarism. That must prevail. Long Live Korea. Long Live Japan.

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South Korean President Moon Jae In said Monday he will continue efforts to build a "future-oriented" relationship with Japan as he delivered his New Year's speech.

True Statesmanship. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Japan.

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Very sad that its actually partnof your New Years speech. Get over it Korea.

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