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Japan to postpone talks with North Korea: Kyodo

Published on Dec 2, 2012 12:07 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will postpone talks with North Korea after it announced plans to launch a rocket later this month, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday, days before diplomats from the two countries were due to meet.

North Korea will launch a rocket between December 10 and 22, said official Korean Central News Agency earlier on Saturday, in what will be the country's second long-range rocket launch this year following a much-hyped but failed attempt in April.

Senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats had been due to meet in Beijing on December 5-6 following rare talks in Mongolia in mid-November, which had marked the first senior-level meeting between the two nations in four years.

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda decided on Saturday to postpone the bilateral talks in the face of North Korea's announcement of plans to launch an "earth observation satellite", said Kyodo.

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