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So Tae Ha, center, chairman of North Korea's Investigation Committee, center, and Junichi Ihara, right, Japan's director-general of the Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau enter a meeting room in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Japanese and North Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10 years Tuesday, meeting to assess progress into North Korea's investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and 80s.

 

So Tae Ha, center, chairman of North Korea’s Investigation Committee, center, and Junichi Ihara, right, Japan’s director-general of the Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau enter a meeting room in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Japanese and North Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10 years Tuesday, meeting to assess progress into North Korea’s investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and 80s.

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Japanese and North Korean officials held talks in Pyongyang for the first time in 10 years Tuesday, meeting to assess progress into North Korea’s investigation into the fates of Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and ’80s.

The abduction issue has long been a major obstacle in the frosty ties between the two nations, which have no formal diplomatic relations.

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The Japanese delegation, led by Junichi Ihara, head of the Asia and Oceania affairs bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is to stay in North Korea for four days.

After years of denial, North Korea acknowledged in an unprecedented 2002 summit between Kim Jong Il and then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi that its agents had kidnapped 13 Japanese, mainly to train spies in Japanese language and culture. It allowed…

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