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Japan, North Korea agree to continue dialogue

Senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats ended rare talks yesterday, with reports saying they were eyeing a further meeting.

Japanese negotiator Shinsuke Sugiyama said the two sides agreed to continue their dialogue for "further consideration" about the issue of the North's past abduction of Japanese nationals, according to Jiji Press.

During the two-day meeting in the Mongolian capital, they agreed that the next round of talks would be held as soon as possible, Jiji and Kyodo News reported, quoting Sugiyama.

The direct talks between Sugiyama and his North Korean counterpart Song Il-Ho were the first senior, working-level meeting between the two nations in four years.

The countries do not have diplomatic ties and have long been at odds, with Tokyo pressing Pyongyang to come clean over past abductions of Japanese nationals and its nuclear ambitions.

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