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Japan, North Korea to Hold Talks November 3

Japan's foreign minister says his country and North Korea will resume bilateral talks on November 3 in Beijing.

Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said Wednesday the talks will include North Korea's nuclear weapons program and the abductee issue.

The North has admited abducting 13 Japanese citizens to help train North Korean spies. Five of the abductees have returned to Japan. Pyongyang says the other eight are dead.

Bilateral talks at government level have been held up since late last year when Japan accused North Korea of lying over the fate of the abductees.

Mr. Machimura said he expects North Korea to also bring up the issue of reparation for Japan's colonial rule of Korea, from 1910 to 1945.

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