South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui Yong is likely to hold bilateral talks with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi in London on Wednesday on the sidelines of a Group of Seven foreign ministerial meeting, Yonhap News Agency reported.
The talks will come after they meet U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a trilateral meeting, Yonhap quoted Chung as saying Monday in the British capital.
If realized, it will be the first meeting between Motegi and Chung since the latter took office in February.
Chung is attending part of the three-day G-7 meeting through Wednesday, along with his peers from Australia, India and Brunei as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as guests.
Tokyo-Seoul relations have sunk to their lowest point in decades following South Korean Supreme Court rulings in 2018 that ordered Japanese companies to compensate plaintiffs who were laborers during Japan's 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Also souring ties are the issue of "comfort women" in Japan's wartime military brothels and the country's decision to release treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea.
The Japanese government takes the position that a 1965 bilateral agreement settled all claims related to its colonial rule of the peninsula, including those of the laborers and former comfort women.
The last foreign ministerial talks the two neighbors held were in February 2020 between Motegi and then South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha in Munich, Germany.
The G-7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the European Union.