NKorea to host conference on sexual slavery

NKorea to host conference on sexual slavery

NKorea to host conference on sexual slavery

Updated 31 March 2012, 1:15 AEDT

North Korea will take part in an international conference on Asian women forced into sexual slavery during World War II.

The Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan says the conference on the so-called "comfort women" will take place in Seoul in May.

The council says North Korea has sent a letter saying it will send five delegates to the meeting which also involves Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia and the United States.

It is not known whether the North Korean delegation will include comfort women.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused outrage earlier this month when he said there was no evidence that "comfort women" were forced into sexual slavery "in the strict sense of coercion."

His remarks have provoked a furore in Asian countries that were invaded by Japan and in the United States.

Historians say up to 200-thousand women, mostly from Korea but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, were forced to serve as sex slaves in Japanese army brothels.