Japan and North Korea Red Cross to meet in China

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Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 10:14:28 EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials will meet in China on Monday in what could be a first step toward resuming talks between the two nations.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry says the two sides will discuss the repatriation of remains of Japanese buried in North Korea and left behind after World War II. Japan colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945.

Officials from both foreign ministries will attend the meetings.

Similar talks between the two Red Cross Societies in 2012 led to the first government-to-government talks between Japan and North Korea in four years.

At least two delegations of Japanese were also allowed to visit the graves in North Korea. One held a memorial service at a Pyongyang mountain where up to 2,500 Japanese are buried.

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