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UPDATE4: Japan, N. Korea officials hold informal talks

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UPDATE4: Japan, N. Korea officials hold informal talks

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23:25 3 March 2014

By Ko Hirano
SHENYANG, China, March 3, Kyodo

Government officials from Japan and North Korea held informal talks Monday in Shenyang, northeastern China, raising hope for the resumption of bilateral negotiations that have been suspended since November 2012.

The two-hour talks on the sidelines of a meeting of the two countries’ Red Cross societies involved Keiichi Ono, director of the Northeast Asia Division of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and Ryu Song Il, chief of the Japanese affairs section of the North Korean Foreign Ministry, according to a Japanese official.

Ono and Ryu discussed “various issues” between the two countries, the official said. But he declined to say what topics the two talked about, a sign they may have touched on the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile development.

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