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Japan's PM Abe says he hopes to resume formal talks with N.Korea soon

Published on Mar 20, 2014 8:44 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question at a Lower House budget committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo on March 14, 2014. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, March 20, 2014, he hopes to resume formal talks with North Korea as soon as possible. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he hopes to resume formal talks with North Korea as soon as possible.

Mr Abe also said that talks between officials from the Japanese and North Korean affiliates of the Red Cross this month on the return of the remains of Japanese nationals from North Korea were an important step toward repairing relations.

Formal talks between Japan and North Korea have been suspended since North Korea launched a rocket which it said put a weather satellite into orbit in December 2012.