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2005-12-08 06:04:22

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday ruled out a three-way meeting with Japan and South Korea this year, because of tensions triggered by Japan's wartime past -- the first time the meeting hasn't been held in six years. The trilateral meeting was due to take place as part of a gathering of Asian leaders in Malaysia on December 14. The three countries will attend the inaugural meeting of the East Asian Summit, which grew out of annual meetings between the Association of South East...

2005-11-30 05:27:35

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to South Korea said on Wednesday he was not encouraged by the way North Korea was approaching an agreement to dismantle its nuclear programmes. In his first major address since taking the post, Alexander Vershbow also said Washington was concerned by friction between Seoul and Tokyo over the Japanese prime minister's visits to a war shrine. Vershbow took over from Christopher Hill, who became the chief U.S. negotiator to...

2005-11-28 06:16:05

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea are likely to meet soon for talks on long-standing disputes that have prevented the Asian neighbours from establishing diplomatic ties, Japanese media said on Monday. Two days of talks early this month ended without conclusive agreement on key issues including North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago. Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese vice foreign minister Shotaro Yachi as saying that the talks could take place before the...

2005-11-26 22:58:55

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's foreign minister criticized China and South Korea for protesting against Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo shrine for the war dead, media reports said on Sunday. Reports quoted Foreign Minister Taro Aso as also saying that Japan should not worry about how it is viewed by other countries or whether it has become isolated. "The only countries in the world that talk about Yasukuni are China and South Korea," financial daily Nihon...

2005-11-14 23:03:54

By Jon Herskovitz PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - Trips by Japan's prime minister to a war shrine some say glorifies the country's militarist past should stop because they strain ties in Asia, the foreign ministers of China and South Korea said on Tuesday. In a meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to consider how the visits rekindled...

2005-11-04 22:29:56

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States may propose the establishment of a working group on human rights in North Korea when six-country talks on the North's nuclear programs begin next week, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday. The report came a day after talks between Japan and North Korea ended without any progress on key issues including Pyongyang's kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago to help train its spies. In a report from Washington quoting sources close to the...

2005-11-04 08:56:00

By Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea ended two days of talks on Friday with no visible progress in long-standing disputes that have blocked the Asian neighbors from forging diplomatic ties. Negotiators from both sides, who met in Beijing, acknowledged that they failed to reach any conclusive agreement on key issues including North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago. "There is nothing we have agreed upon," North Korean negotiator Song Il-ho told...

2005-11-04 03:28:19

By Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea tried again on Friday to resolve long-standing disputes, including North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago, that have blocked the Asian neighbors from forging diplomatic ties. On Thursday, the first day of the talks in Beijing, discussions centered on the abduction of Japanese to help train North Korean spies and the issue of reparations for Japan's often brutal colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910...

2005-11-01 00:42:38

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea begin their first full-fledged talks in more than three years on Thursday seeking to resolve long-standing disputes that have blocked the Asian neighbors from establishing diplomatic ties. But even before they sit down at the negotiating table in Beijing, the former bitter enemies sparred over the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago, the main sticking point in their talks. The talks between foreign...

2005-10-31 21:45:57

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea kick off their first full-fledged talks in more than three years on Thursday seeking to resolve long-standing disputes that have blocked the Asian neighbours from establishing diplomatic ties. The talks in Beijing between foreign ministry bureaucrats from the two countries come after North Korea agreed in principle in September to dismantle its nuclear arms programs in exchange for aid and better ties with Washington and Tokyo....


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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