The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Monday slammed a Japanese diplomat for insulting sexual slaves forcibly recruited by the Japanese army during World War II.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that Takashi Shinozuka, the Japanese consul general to the southern U.S. city of Atlanta, "hurled mud at the victims of the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army."
In a media interview weeks ago, Takashi Shinozuka said there is no evidence proving that the Japanese army forced foreign women including those from Korea into sexual slavery, while terming the victims of the slavery "prostitutes," according to media reports.
"This is just a typical impudent act of the hooligans in Japan adding insult to injury of the victims of the sexual slavery, far from making an apology for the hideous crime against humanity," said the KCNA.
The news agency also said "a string of invective terming the history of 'comfort women' toilet history and the slavery a 'voluntary act for making money' is being loudly heard from the right-wing reactionaries of Japan" over the past several years.
"The above-said remarks let out by the Japanese consul general against this backdrop clearly shows once again the true colors of Japan as a morally depraved country, which can never change," it said.
"Comfort women" were women and girls forced into sex slavery by the Japanese army during World War II.
Experts estimated that some 400,000 women in Asia and from the Netherlands and Australia were forced to serve as "comfort women" during World War II, nearly half of whom were Chinese.