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Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks

North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Song Il-Ho (4th R), North Korea's ambassador in charge of normalizing relations with Japan, and Junichi Ihara (4th L), head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau, together with their delegations hold a meeting at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on July 1, 2014. North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) greets Indian Vice President Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari (L) at the Great Hall of the People on June 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari is on a visit to China from June 26 - 30. (Getty Images)
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) greets Indian Vice President Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari (L) at the Great Hall of the People on June 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari is on a visit to China from June 26 - 30. (Getty Images)
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with Indian Vice President Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari (L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari is on a visit to China from June 26 - 30. (Getty Images)
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Jpanaese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question of an opposition lawmaker at the Upper House's audit committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo on May 20, 2013. Abe vowed to seek talks with Pyongyang in a bid to settle the nagging issue of North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese after a surprise visit to North Korea by one of his advisers last week. (AFP/Getty Images)
Tokyo and Pyongyang in talks
Jpanaese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question of an opposition lawmaker at the Upper House's audit committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo on May 20, 2013. Abe vowed to seek talks with Pyongyang in a bid to settle the nagging issue of North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese after a surprise visit to North Korea by one of his advisers last week. (AFP/Getty Images)