Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met South Korean President Moon Jae-in for the first time on Friday, and the two leaders agreed to cooperate on promoting future-oriented ties as neighbors who share strategic interests, and resume reciprocal visits.

Meeting on the sidelines of Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Abe urged his counterpart to implement the 2015 agreement on resolving the contentious issue of the "comfort women," Japan's euphemism for the women forced into Japanese military brothels before and during World War II.

Abe also told Moon that it's important now to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to put an end to its nuclear and missile programs.