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Japan slams North Korea missile launch but talks to go on

Published on Jun 29, 2014 1:13 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan protested against North Korea's ballistic missile launch on Sunday but vowed to go ahead with rare government-level talks with Pyongyang this week as scheduled.

"Japan for its part lodged a stern protest with the North Korean side through embassy channels (in Beijing)," Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters. He added, however, that there would be no change in the official talks scheduled for Tuesday in Beijing.

The meeting is aimed at checking progress in Pyongyang's promised investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents during the Cold War.

A South Korean defence ministry official said the North fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from its east coast. Both landed in international waters, he said.

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