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Japan, North Korea closing in on new talks: Tokyo

Published on Jun 25, 2014 1:08 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan said on Wednesday it was close to holding another round of talks with North Korea, amid reports that they will meet in China next week.

"The Japanese and North Korean governments are in the final stages of discussions to set the time and the place" for the next talks, said Mr Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman.

The comment came amid local news accounts that the two nations are scheduling a two-day meeting from Tuesday in China, where Pyongyang is expected to explain its progress in launching a fresh investigation of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea.

The meeting would come nearly a month after Tokyo announced it would ease sanctions against North Korea if the secretive state reinvestigated the abduction cases, an issue that conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has worked to solve for years.

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