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Japan and North Korea hold first talks since 2012

Published on Mar 3, 2014 9:19 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Japan and North Korean Red Cross and government officials met on Monday for the first time since 2012 for what Pyongyang called a "productive" dialogue.

After discussions in the northern Chinese city of Shenyang, the two sides agreed to hold more rounds of talks about the possible repatriation of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the North during World War II.

The current meeting is set to last three days.

"The two sides reached an understanding that it is necessary for them to meet continually in order to solve the question of the remains," said the lead North Korean delegate Ri Ho Rim, according to Japan's Jiji Press.

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