Japan, South Korea Agree to Solve Wartime Labor Row

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R) and his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung Wha shake hands before their talks in Nagoya, central Japan, on Nov. 23, 2019. Image: Kyodo

MADRID (Kyodo) — Foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea reaffirmed the importance of solving a bilateral dispute over wartime labor compensation when they briefly met in Madrid on Sunday evening, a senior Japanese official said.

Toshimitsu Motegi and Kang Kyung Wha held talks for around 10 minutes before dinner in the Spanish capital on the sidelines of a ministerial conference of Asian and European countries, as bilateral tensions remain over the wartime labor issue.

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