The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan are likely to hold talks in Canada on the sidelines of a meeting of international foreign ministers set to open in Vancouver on Tuesday. 

According to Japan's Asahi Shimbun daily on Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told a local program on Thursday that a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha will be naturally arranged on the sidelines of the Vancouver meeting. 

The South Korean Foreign Ministry also hinted on Thursday that schedules could be coordinated to arrange a possible bilateral meeting or contact between the two ministers.

The Vancouver meeting, co-hosted by the U.S. and Canada, will discuss diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. 

The countries invited to send representatives to the meeting are the so-called "Sending Powers," which are those that contributed troops or aid to the UN war effort during the Korean War. Japan, India and Sweden will also participate in the meeting.