Ties between Seoul and Tokyo took a turn for the worse this week after a Japanese diplomat made inappropriate comments about South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Today, South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun met with his Japanese counterpart Takeo Mori to discuss other, unresolved issues, including Japan's wartime system of sexual slavery as well as the two countries' cooperation against the pandemic.
For more, we have our Kim Dami on the line.
Dami, what's the latest?
Conn-young, the two vice foreign ministers met up a few hours ago at the official residence of the Japanese foreign ministry in Tokyo.
There was no handshake or even an elbow bump between the two, a reflection of the cool atmosphere between Seoul and Tokyo.
That's also very much unlike the scene earlier in the morning when Mori and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman put on smiles and did do an elbow bump in their photo together.
Tuesday's meeting between Choi and Mori follows controversial remarks made last week by Seoul-based Japanese diplomat Hirohisa Soma.
Soma reportedly made insulting comments about South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a lunch meeting last week with a reporter from a Korean TV broadcaster.
Before his departure for Tokyo Tuesday morning, Choi said that Soma's comments greatly hampered plans for a now scrapped Seoul-Tokyo summit.
He said Soma's remarks were unspeakable and that he believes the appropriate steps will be taken by Tokyo, as Seoul has requested.
Moon's office on Monday also announced that Moon will not visit Japan for the opening of the Olympic Games.
On Wednesday, Choi will attend talks with his counterparts from the U.S. and Japan, which will be the eighth round of its kind and the first one in four years.
Wednesday's meeting is expected to cover North Korea issues, climate change as well as their cooperation against the coronavirus.
Choi will also sit down with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Seoul on Friday.
That's all I have. Back to you, Conn-young.