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Japan Arranging High-Level Talks With North Korea

Japan recently asked North Korea to hold high-level talks next Monday or even earlier, following their first intergovernmental talks in four years held last week, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The move came after officials agreed during the Aug. 29-31 working level talks in Beijing to meet again soon, except with higher-level officials.

While North Korea has not responded to the request, Japan is seeking to make progress on the abduction issue before Sept. 17, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the Pyongyang Declaration, which called for efforts to normalize diplomatic ties between the two neighbors.

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Japanese schoolgirl kidnapped by North Korea 34 years ago is reported alive

Megumi Yokota, who was abducted by North Korea agents as she made her way home from school in 1977, was previously reported by the communist state to have committed suicide 16 years ago.

However, Park Sun-young, a member of South Korea’s opposition Liberty Forward Party, told media that a North Korean defector has made a videotaped testimony confirming that Ms Yokota is still alive.

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