Published:  02:14 AM, 05 November 2019

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines

Moon, Abe hold 'friendly' talks on ASEAN sidelines South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday. -Reuters

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Monday suggested high-level talks to resolve a deepening political and trade row with Japan during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon's spokeswoman said.

The two leaders held an 11-minute discussion on the sidelines of a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, the spokeswoman, Ko Min-jung, said in a statement.

The meeting comes as relations have plunged to their lowest in decades after South Korea's top court last year ordered Japanese firms to compensate some wartime forced laborers.

--Reuters, Seoul

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