国际英语新闻:AbeeyestalkswithMoonamidstrainedJapan-S.Koreadiplomatic,tradeties

TOKYO,Dec.23(Xinhua)--JapanesePrimeMinisterShinzoAbeisexpectedtoholdtalkswithSouthKoreanPresidentMoonJae-inonthesidelinesofatrilateralsummitscheduledtobeheldonTuesdayinChengdu,southwestChina'sSichuanProvince,governmentofficialssaidMonday.

Onthefringesofthesummit,thepairwhohavenotheldformaltalksinaround15monthsareexpectedtoaddressthesouringoftiesbetweenbothcountriesthathavehinderedtheirdiplomaticandtraderelations.

Abesaidearlierinthedaythatcooperationbetweenrelevantpartiesremainedimportantforregionalsecurity.

TheJapaneseleaderalsosaidhehopedtodiscussissuesofJapan'sforcedlaborofKoreansduringJapan'swartimeoccupationoftheKoreanPeninsula,anongoingissuebetweenbothnationsthatledtotopcourtsinSouthKoreaorderingsomeJapanesefirmstopaycompensation.

"TheJapan-SouthKorearelationshipremainsinaseverestatebutit'simportantforJapanandSouthKorea,alongwiththeUnitedStates,toworktogetherunderthecurrentregionalsecurityenvironment,"Abesaid.

"AsIplantomeetwithPresidentMoon,IwillconveyJapan'sstanceontheissueofformerworkersfromtheKoreanPeninsulaamongothers,"headded.

TokyoandSeoulhavebeenatoddssinceOctoberlastyearwhenSouthKorea'stopcourtorderedaJapanesefirmtopaycompensationfortheforcedlaborofKoreansduringJapan's1910-1945colonialruleoftheKoreanPeninsula.

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