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China, Japan Discuss North Korean Nuclear Talks

China and Japan say the six-nation North Korean nuclear disarmament talks will resume next week in Beijing as scheduled.

China's chief negotiator, Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei, met with his Japanese counterpart Kenichiro Sasae Wednesday, in Tokyo.

The diplomats discussed Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and North Korea's relations with Japan. Tokyo says it wants to include the issue of the kidnapping of several Japanese citizens by North Korea in 1970s and `80s within the framework of the nuclear talks.

Pyongyang returned to the negotiations earlier this month after a one-year boycott. The talks were recessed earlier this month after disagreements surfaced over North Korea's insistence to retain a civilian nuclear program.

The chief U.S. negotiator in the talks Christopher Hill, says the issue is not a "show stopper" that could potentially derail the talks.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.