South Korea has held the first meeting of a public-private body it has set up to resolve wartime labor issues from Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, pledging to work toward a solution.

"The government will listen to opinions of those who were directly involved in the wartime forced labor issue and of various fields while making continuous efforts in seeking a reasonable solution" through future meetings of the public-private body, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday.

Experts and lawyers of South Korean plaintiffs who won compensation cases against Japanese companies will be asked to give their views on the issue in the meetings, the ministry said.