New South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to "correctly" face up to historical issues stemming from Japan's colonization of the Korean Peninsula.

"I would like the leader of the Japanese government to grasp historical matters correctly and act accordingly," Yun told Japanese reporters Friday in Seoul, in the first remarks issued to foreign news outlets by President Park Geun Hye's government since its launch in late February.

Yun, who became foreign minister Monday, also called on Abe's administration to address the issue of women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during the war.