Korean victims of atom bombs in shadows at summit

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SEOUL (Reuters) – When the leaders of Japan and South Korea met on Monday to discuss reviving their battered economies there was little time for the likes of Park Cheol-woo, whose arm was left withered by radiation from the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Park and the thousands of Koreans who survived the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan in the final days of World War Two have struggled for decades with debilitating illness, poverty and discrimination with little help coming from Tokyo or Seoul.

“Our families were forced to go to Japan and than forced into labour, only to be bombed by nuclear weapons,” said Park, who was four years old at the time.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE50B0KE20090112

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