Japan, S. Korea Foreign Chiefs Agree to Continue Dialogue

Politics

New York, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, agreed Thursday to continue dialogue between them and other diplomats of the two countries amid the deterioration in bilateral relations over wartime labor and other issues.

Motegi held talks with Kang in New York, meeting her for the first time since he became foreign minister in a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.

The two countries stopped short of arranging a summit in New York between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session.

During their talks that lasted some 50 minutes, Motegi told Kang that the bilateral relationship has been tense, referring to South Korean top court rulings last year that ordered Japanese companies to pay compensation to South Koreans requisitioned to work for them during World War II.

Motegi also said he wants to continue communicating with Kang for resolving pending bilateral issues.

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