After three years and nine months of waiting, the Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery the so called "comfort women" were let down by the Constitutional Court's decision.
The court on Friday dismissed the victims' appeal for a constitutional review of the 2015 agreement between Seoul and Tokyo.
It said the agreement does not affect the legal status of the victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery, so it does not violate their basic rights, including their right to demand compensation.
And because it does not violate their basic rights, the appeal for a constitutional review cannot proceed.
After the ruling, the victims' lawyer expressed their disappointment.
"The victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery have suffered for years. It's very regrettable that the court decided to dismiss the appeal."
In December 2015, the Park Geun-hye administration in South Korea and the Japanese government agreed to a deal that would provide around nine million U.S. dollars to a fund to help the Korean victims in return for the South Korean government promising to never raise the issue again.
The victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery protested the Park administration's unilateral decision, and filed a constitutional appeal in March 2016.
After Friday's dismissal by the Constitutional Court, Seoul's foreign ministry said it respects the court's decision and the government will continue working to restore the victims' dignity and heal their wounded hearts.
"Some of the victims who filed the appeal for a constitutional review have passed away. Now there are only twenty ‘comfort women’ survivors still living. Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News."