February 25, 2024

Japan, North Korea agree to first government talks since late 2012

Shift to diplomacy from confrontation seen in Pyongyang's recent acts

After more than a year of deadlock, Japan and North Korea on Thursday agreed to resume official government talks over kidnapped Japanese citizens and Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

“Both nations agreed to coordinate (efforts) in a direction to resume intergovernmental talks,” a spokeswoman for the Japanese Foreign Ministry told NK News on Thursday.