Japan PM reiterates that Tokyo wants South Korea to keep its promises, rebuild trust

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 23, 2019. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday Japan still expects South Korea to keep its promises on the contentious issue of wartime forced labor and to work to rebuild trust.

Abe’s comments followed South Korea’s announcement on Thursday that it was ending an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan amid a dispute over compensation for South Koreans pressed into wartime labor during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

Relations between the East Asian neighbors began to deteriorate late last year following a South Korean Supreme Court order for Japanese companies to compensate some of their wartime forced laborers. Japan condemned the ruling, saying the matter was resolved by a 1965 treaty normalizing ties.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Paul Tait