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North Korea, Japan wrap up talks on abductions, to meet again

Published on May 29, 2014 12:23 AM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - North Korea and Japan wrapped up three days of talks in Stockholm on Wednesday, agreeing to continue their dialogue on Japanese nationals abducted decades ago by Pyongyang.

The meeting at a hotel in the Swedish capital, which saw the exchange of "tough words" at times, came after the two countries held their first official talks in 16 months in Beijing in March.

"Japan and North Korea agreed to continue consultation but there was no concrete agreement as to when and where the two sides will meet," Japanese chief negotiator Junichi Ihara told reporters after Wednesday's one-hour meeting.

"The Japanese side brought up various issues concerning Japanese, including the abduction issue and had serious discussions with North Korea," he said.

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