Japan and North Korea are to hold bilateral official talks next week in Ulan Bator; Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterates Japan’s desire to resolve the bilateral territorial disputes according to the international law
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  • (NOVEMBER 5-11)

    According to reports, Japan and North Korea will hold their bilateral official talk on November 15-16, this year in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Foreign Ministry bureau chiefs from both the countries will join the meeting. It will be the first official-level talk between the two countries since dialogue was suspended in August 2008. ).1

    In another development, according to reports, during the recent Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Laos, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterated Japan’s desire to resolve the bilateral territorial disputes, including the Takeshima dispute with South Korea and Senkaku island dispute with China, according to the international law. It is worth noting that during the ASEM meeting, Noda met with his South Korean counterpart Kim Hwang Sik and both the leaders insisted on the importance of the Japan-South Korea relations despite occasional hiccups. ).2 In the meantime, during a bilateral meeting held between senior Japanese and Chinese Foreign Ministry officials in China recently, both the parties agreed to continue dialogue on the Senkaku island issue. ).3