South Korea and Japan held working-level talks in Seoul on Thursday on their months-long diplomatic spat over history and trade issues.
Director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs, Kim Jung-han and his Japanese counterpart discussed South Korean Supreme Court rulings in 2018 that ordered Japanese firms to compensate Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor and the subsequent export curbs imposed on Seoul by Tokyo.
Despite having met several times, the two sides remain far apart on these topics.
Tokyo believes the issue was settled through a 1965 treaty that normalized bilateral ties.
The officials also agreed on the need to share information transparently on Japan's plan to release Fukushima radioactive waste into the sea and the coronavirus outbreak.