South Korea and Japan held working-level talks in San Francisco on Monday to discuss matters of mutual interest.
Officials from the two countries are in the U.S. for a trilateral meeting between their foreign ministers and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In Monday's talks, the South Korean side said Japan should lift its export controls and reiterated that it respects the court ruling on wartime forced labor.
Eyes are on whether the two sides discussed the issue of setting up a joint consultative body to find a solution to their historical row as proposed by lawyers from both countries.
On Tuesday, Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will hold three-way talks with her Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi. and Secretary Pompeo as well as a one-on-one with Motegi.