South Korea appeals court ruling to compensate Vietnam War victim

By Reuters   March 8, 2023 | 11:46 pm PT
South Korea appeals court ruling to compensate Vietnam War victim
South Koreans and Vietnamese attend the death anniversary ceremony of massacre victims during the Vietnam War in Quang Nam Province, Feb. 14. 2023. Photo by Reuters/Nguyen Dong
The South Korean government has appealed a court order to compensate a Vietnamese victim of atrocities during the Vietnam War when about 300,000 South Korean troops fought alongside U.S. forces, the defense ministry said on Thursday.

The Seoul Central District Court in February ordered the government to provide some 30 million won ($22,730) in compensation and additional funds for delay to Nguyen Thi Thanh, a survivor of attacks on civilians.

It marked the first legal acknowledgement of South Korea's liability for atrocities during the war.

"We will fully cooperate with the trial proceedings under continued consultations with related agencies to receive an appellate ruling based on substantial truth," the ministry said in a statement to Reuters.

Nguyen, 63, filed a suit against the South Korean government in 2020 seeking about 30 million won in compensation, saying she lost her family members and suffered wounds when South Korean marines killed about 70 civilians in her hometown in Vietnam's central province of Quang Nam in 1968.

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