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N. Korea and Japan resume high-level talks on Japanese abductee issue Updated: 2014-07-01 14:00:12 KST

North Korea and Japan have resumed high-level talks in Beijing, to discuss follow-up measures to agreements made on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago.
The meeting comes about a month after the two countries made a deal in Stockholm on re-investigating the abduction issue.
In return, Japan has promised to lift sanctions and resume humanitarian aid to North Korea,.. marking a diplomatic breakthrough between the two states.
Today's meeting comes just 48 hours after Pyongyang fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea between Korea and Japan.
Japanese officials lodged a strong protest against the launch during the opening part of the meeting.


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