South Korea warned Japan Tuesday that any attempt to revise history through a newly established panel will face greater backlash from the international community.
Earlier this week, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party reportedly launched a panel aimed at reviewing the country's history in the period after the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895).
Critics have raised concerns it could serve to justify Japan's wartime wrongdoings.
"Our government is well aware of such media reports and we are carefully monitoring such movements by Japanese political circles," Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck said in a regular press briefing. "However, if the LDP's organ is used to distort historical truths and back the trend of historical revisionism in some parts of Japan, I would like to say this will face greater backlash from the international community."
South Korea and Japan have long been at odds over historical and territorial issues stemming from Tokyo's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. (Yonhap)