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Wednesday, 29th August 2012
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Four year silence between Japan and North Korea finally broken

Japanese and North Korean government officials have broken a four-year silence between the two nations in fresh talks held today (August 29th).

Representatives from both nations met in the Chinese capital of Beijing for the debate, which reports suggest could spark greater discussions between the countries.

Japan has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, with both sides coming together to consider the kidnapping of 13 Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s who were used by the communist state to train spies.

This is one of the many issues Japan hopes to thrash out with North Korea, particularly as the latter nation pledged in 2008 to reinvestigate the abductions.

Chief Japanese government spokesman Osamu Fujimura said before the talks: "We have been working based on the principle of settling the unfortunate past and restoring normal relations."

While the kidnappings are of utmost importance to Japan, the discussions expected to last for at least a day will also focus on the intentions of North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-Un, who took control following the death of his father in December 2011.

Posted by Graham McPherson

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