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Japan, N. Korea hold unofficial talks in China
Publication Date : 04-03-2014
Issues discussed believed to include abductions of Japanese nationals by N. Korean agents and Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development programmes
Representatives of the Japanese and North Korean governments held an unofficial meeting in Shenyang, China, on Monday and were believed to have discussed such issues as the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents and Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development programmes.
The two-hour meeting was attended by Keiichi Ono, director of the Northeast Asian Division of the foreign finistry’s Asian and oceanian affairs bureau and Ryu Song Il, chief of the Japanese affairs section at the North Korean foreign ministry.
It was the first time for officials of the two countries to meet since November 2012. The unofficial talks are expected to continue on the sidelines of a meeting between the Red Cross societies of the two countries in the future.