North Korea diplomacy picks up in Beijing

January 10, 2012 09:23

SEOUL - North Korea is holding secret talks with Japan in China in what is believed to be their first contact since the death of Kim Jong-il, Japanese media reported, as nuclear envoys from South Korea and China met in Beijing on Tuesday.

Amid a series of diplomatic contacts, South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak met China's leadership in Beijing to discuss ways to preserve peace and stability on the divided peninsula as the North undergoes a delicate transition of power.

Hiroshi Nakai, a former Japanese state minister in charge of the abduction issue, met the North's delegation on Monday for talks on the abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s, Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted sources as saying.

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