Japan and South Korea agreed Thursday to work toward a bilateral summit and to discuss the issue of women forced to work in wartime Japanese military brothels, Japanese officials said.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters that he and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se "reaffirmed the importance of continuing and enhancing communication at a high political level."

But Kishida stopped short of saying how far apart Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye remain on scheduling a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of international events they will attend in November, such as the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.