Talks between South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiko Noda have raised several issues including the compensation for “comfort women” of World War II. Lee urged Noda to address the issue of sex slaves, asking the Prime Minister to study the issue “in a forward-looking fashion”.

Noda, who previously said the issue had already been settled, would consider humanitarian measures with Lee. “Comfort women” served as sex slaves for the Japanese military in World War II.

Following a trilateral summit with China, the leaders also discussed cooperating with the US and other regional powers to contain North Korea’s provocative actions, such as the long-range rocket launch believed to have been a disguise for the testing of ballistic missile technology.

Both countries are interested in bilateral free trade agreements with China.