South Korea and Japan have agreed to continue negotiations to avoid a further strain in ties over Seoul's court rulings on Japan's use of forced labor during World War II.
Director-General for Northeast Asian Affairs, Kim Yong-kil, and his Japanese counterpart, Kenji Kanasugi met on Thursday, to discuss ways to resolve the bilateral dispute.
The session came amid reports that Tokyo is reviewing economic retaliation, such as raising tariffs on South Korean imports and restricting the issuance of visas.
According to an official at the foreign ministry, the two sides agreed to avoid such actions..
Kanasugi is scheduled to meet Seoul's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon on Friday to discuss North Korea's denuclearization.