Vietnam has requested South Korea to respect historic truths after its authorities appealed a court docket ruling to compensate a sufferer of a bloodbath perpetrated by U.S.-backed South Korean troopers.

“Vietnam’s stance is to place apart the previous and look in direction of the longer term, however that doesn’t imply denying historic truths,” stated Ministry of Overseas Affairs deputy spokeswoman Pham Thu Dangle at a press convention Thursday.

“We’re sorry that the South Korean authorities determined to enchantment the court docket ruling.”

Dangle’s response got here after the South Korean Ministry of Nationwide Protection appealed a Seoul court docket resolution ordering the federal government to compensate a Vietnamese sufferer of the 1968 bloodbath.

“Within the spirit of our complete strategic partnership, Vietnam asks South Korea to rightly acknowledge and respect historical past, whereas selling sensible and efficient actions to resolve the implications of conflict,” Dangle stated.

In a court docket ruling introduced on Feb. 7, the Seoul Central District Courtroom compelled the South Korean authorities to pay $24,000 in compensation to Nguyen Thi Thanh, who in 1968 misplaced members of the family when South Korean troopers murdered 74 civilians within the central province of Quang Nam.

It was the primary time {that a} South Korean court docket acknowledged the state’s duty to compensate victims of the Vietnam Warfare bloodbath.

South Korea deployed greater than 300,000 troops to Vietnam from 1964 to 1973, second solely to U.S. navy forces.


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