Photo/IllutrationForeign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, greet one another at the beginning of their meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sept. 26. (Takeshi Iwashita)

NEW YORK--Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, made no progress on resolving the numerous issues between their two countries in a meeting here on Sept. 26.

The meeting was Motegi's first with Kang since he became foreign minister.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the meeting lasted about 50 minutes, 30 minutes more than scheduled. Only the ministers and their interpreters were present at the meeting most of the time.

The ministry said that each minister insisted on their country’s stance on issues over compensation for Korean wartime laborers, tightened control on exports of high-tech materials to South Korea, Seoul’s decision to scrap the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) and others.

Regarding South Korea's demands that Japan provide compensation to wartime laborers, Motegi said, “We would like to keep having communications between the diplomatic authorities, including foreign ministers, to resolve the problem.”

Kang said she "would like to continue to have a good dialogue with Motegi.”

(This article was written by Takashi Narazaki and Hajimu Takeda.)