Yonhap news agency reports that South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo issued a strong warning against Japan Thursday for what was called Tokyo’s continued attempt to distort the shared history of the two countries.

Lee’s words came in response to Japan’s assertion that its ancient government set up a military outpost in the southern part of Korea in the fourth century and ruled a nation there at that time.

In a press conference, Lee warned that the Japanese government will face “grim historical judgment” if it sticks to such a wrongful campaign.

He stressed Japan “can’t cover up unequivocal historical truth.” Yonhap said it was highly unusual for South Korea’s prime minister to directly deliver such a tough message against a neighboring country and major economic partner. Read more

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