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Japan's Abe: Hope to resume formal talks with North Korea soon
March 20, 2014 / 12:35 PM / in 4 years

Japan's Abe: Hope to resume formal talks with North Korea soon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he hopes to resume formal talks with North Korea as soon as possible.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo March 20, 2014, after Japan's parliament enacts a budget for fiscal 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Abe also said that talks between officials from the Japanese and North Korean affiliates of the Red Cross this month on the return of the remains of Japanese nationals from North Korea was an important step toward repairing relations.

Formal talks between Japan and North Korea have been suspended since North Korea launched a rocket which it said put a weather satellite into orbit in December 2012.

Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Edmund Klamann

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