Korea and Japan are honoring their commitment to resolve their differences on the sex slavery issue. Seoul's Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday the its Northeast Asian Affairs Bureau chief Lee Sang-deok, will meet with his Japanese counterpart Ishikane Kimihiro in Seoul on Wednesday.
These are the first talks between the two countries since their summit a week ago, and follow a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, where President Park Geun-hye reiterated her call for a prompt resolution of the issue.
"The Korean government remains firm on its position. The wartime sex slavery issue must be addressed as soon as possible, as agreed at the summit. Tokyo needs to promptly come up with a resolution that Seoul can accept."
The key for the two officials will be to narrow their differences enough so they can reach an agreement on the matter by the end of the year.
However, the prospects for the talks seem somewhat murky.
Speaking at a lower house session of parliament on Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shizno Abe reiterated his stance that Japan's legal obligation was settled in a 1965 agreement that normalized relations between the two countries, adding that the two should work together so that the issue doesn't come up again for future generations.
Watchers say the remarks seem to indicate that Japan could offer the victims financial aid -- instead of the formal apology and compensation that Korea demands.
Clock's ticking for the few remaining survivors. Roughly 200-thousand women, most of whom were Korean, were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War Two, but only 47 are still alive today.
Song Ji-sun, Arirang News.