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A flower is laid on a statue of a girl that represents the sexual victims by the Japanese military during a rally in front of Japanese Consulate in Busan, South Korea, December 30, 2016. Yeo Joo-yeon/News1 via REUTERS

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister said on Friday that placing a statue outside a Japanese consulate of a girl symbolising Koreans forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels was "inappropriate".

"The issue of a girl statue in Busan is unfortunate," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told lawmakers, referring to the statue in the southern city of Busan.

Japan has temporarily recalled its ambassador to South Korea over the statue which it said violated an agreement to resolve the issue.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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