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File Photo by Yonhap Aug. 3 (UPI) -- The third son of former President Kim Dae-jung is launching a public interest group that will work to repatriate the remains of Koreans forced into labor during Japanese rule. Kim Hong-gul, the chairman of the South Korean group Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation, said Friday the issue of forced laborer remains will be tackled by stakeholders in North and South Korea, as well as in Japan, News 1 reported. Kim's group will subsequently hold a joint press conference on Monday at 3 p.m. in Tokyo, according to the report. In July, Kim traveled to North Korea for four days, where he met with members of North Korea's Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly. RELATED Top U.S. envoy to Seoul: Too early to end 1950-53 Korean War The two sides agreed to jointly pursue the repatriation of the laborers' remains. The pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryun, has agreed to work jointly with Kim's group, with other unnamed Japanese civic groups.
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