Amid souring bilateral ties, South Korea and Japan will hold their first vice ministerial-level talks in eight months later this Wednesday.
Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki and his South Korean counterpart Cho Tae-yong will meet in Seoul to discuss a range of issues including Korea-Japan relations and North Korean threats.
Seoul's Foreign Ministry said the meeting should not be viewed as a sign of thawing relations, as Japan has not yet taken the necessary steps that would make that possible.
Tokyo has yet to officially apologize for its wartime sexual enslavement of roughly 200-thousand women in the early 20th century.
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