Japan

    Japanese and North Korean envoys have begun talks in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Batur, to resolve long-standing disputes between the two sides. The talks will focus on a row over Japanese nationals abducted decades ago to train North Korean spies. Tokyo wants the issue resolved before diplomatic ties with Pyongyang can be normalized. The two countries last held bilateral talks in Hanoi, Vietnam, in March, but no progress was made. The meeting is one of several working-level discussions being held as part of a multilateral deal aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program. (BBC)

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