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Japan, N. Korea to continue talks Friday: N. Korean official

By May Masangkay

BEIJING, Aug. 30 — Japan and North Korea will meet again on Friday for the third day of their government-to-government talks, a North Korean official said Thursday, as Tokyo continues to closely watch whether it can move forward on the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.

Attention is focused on whether the talks, the two countries' first dialogue in four years, will see progress over the abduction issue as the North considers the matter closed while Japan insists that a reinvestigation be conducted.

The two sides met for about two hours at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, the second day of their talks, which have been characterized as "preliminary consultations" to fix the agenda of full-fledged talks between Japan and North Korea. (PNA/Kyodo)


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