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2006-02-07 10:26:20

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan urged North Korea on Tuesday to return to six-party talks on its nuclear program and halt missile development, but a Japanese official said Pyongyang insisted that Washington drop sanctions first. Japan raised the issues as part of talks with North Korea in Beijing aimed at normalizing bilateral diplomatic relations. The talks hinge around a dispute over Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese citizens, and Tokyo is also keen to bring North Korea back to the...

2006-02-06 00:31:39

BEIJING (Reuters) - Normalizing diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea hinges on resolving a dispute over Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens, Japanese officials said on Monday. But the two countries have made little headway on the abductions issue since bilateral negotiations opened over the weekend in Beijing. North Korea has admitted abducting 13 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train as spies, eight of whom it says are dead, but Japan wants more...

2006-02-04 08:07:56

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Talks between Japan and North Korea aimed at improving relations will first try to resolve a row over Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese citizens, top diplomats from both sides said on Saturday. The talks in Beijing are the first high-level bilateral meeting between Japan and North Korea in over three years and will cover normalization of relations and security issues, as well as the North's secret abduction of Japanese in years past. They come...

2006-02-03 23:44:45

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan headed into its first talks in more than three years on normalizing diplomatic ties with North Korea on Saturday, seeking progress on a long-running row over the abduction of its citizens by Pyongyang. The bilateral talks in Beijing, which will cover normalization and security matters as well as the abductions, come amid efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on ending the reclusive communist state's nuclear arms programs. "We want to move even a...

2006-02-03 23:00:15

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese officials headed to Beijing on Saturday for their first talks in more than three years with North Koreans on normalizing diplomatic ties between the uneasy Asian neighbors. The bilateral talks, which will cover normalization, security matters and the abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s, come amid efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on ending the reclusive communist state's nuclear arms program. "We want to move even a step...

2006-01-06 03:39:53

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Friday it would hold informal talks with China next week on overall bilateral relations, which have been chilled by disputes over issues stemming mainly from Japan's wartime history. Foreign ministry officials from both countries will meet in Beijing on Monday, Japan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Sino-Japanese relations sank to their worst level in decades last year, due partly to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's annual visits to a...

2006-01-03 23:45:04

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - A tearful Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Wednesday rejected criticism by China and South Korea of his visits to a Tokyo war shrine, but added he was committed to developing friendly ties with Beijing and Seoul. Sino-Japanese ties have chilled markedly since Koizumi took office in 2001 and began visits to the Yasukuni shrine, where war criminals are honored along with Japan's 2.5 million war dead. Many in China and South Korea, where...

2005-12-26 00:02:49

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will not normalize ties with North Korea unless a feud over Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals is resolved, the government's top spokesman said on Monday. Japan and North Korea have been locked in a bitter dispute over North Korea's abductions of Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to help train Pyongyang's spies. At weekend discussions in Beijing, the two sides agreed to resume talks to establish diplomatic ties while handling two other issues --...

2005-12-21 22:28:06

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday that China's military build-up was a threat, given its lack of transparency. "A neighboring country has an atomic bomb and its military spending has been rising for 12 consecutive years. There is no transparency and I view that as a concern, a threat," Aso told a news conference. But a foreign ministry spokesman said Tokyo's position was that it did not see the Chinese military as a "direct threat," meaning it did...

2005-12-14 00:42:22

TOKYO (Reuters) - Relatives of four deceased South Koreans who were forced laborers at a steel mill in northern Japan during World War Two failed on Wednesday to overturn a Japanese court decision refusing compensation for unpaid wages. The result, in line with most Japanese rulings on war-related compensation claims, comes at a time when Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been chilled by disputes stemming from Japan's past aggression in Asia. In Wednesday's case, Tokyo...


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