S.Korea foreign minister: Abe-Moon summit unlikely

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has suggested it is unlikely that the leaders of Japan and South Korea will hold talks next month.

South Korean media have reported that a bilateral summit between the leaders may be possible. This comes as Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday.

Lee is visiting Tokyo to attend the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito this week. Lee is expected to convey a message to Abe from South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kang told parliament on Monday that Tokyo "must give assurances that it is serious" about holding talks with Seoul, and that such talks "will bear fruit."

She said "the two sides are too far apart to produce such results."

Japan and South Korea have so far failed to narrow their differences on major sticking points. These include a disagreement over compensation claims for wartime labor, and tighter Japanese export controls on products destined for South Korea.

A bilateral intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries will be rendered invalid on November 23. This comes after Seoul decided to terminate the pact, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA. No breakthrough appears to be in sight.