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Japanese gov't looks to hold foreign ministerial talks with N. Korea as early as Aug.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is considering holding foreign ministerial talks with North Korea as early as the beginning of August in a bid to break the deadlock over the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang, sources close to the government said.

Tokyo will begin to arrange such a meeting after ascertaining whether the issue of North Korean nuclear weapons and missiles will move toward a resolution at a U.S.-North Korea summit meeting expected to be held on June 12.

According to the sources, the government is exploring the possibility of holding foreign ministerial talks with North Korea on the sidelines of the ministerial conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum scheduled from Aug. 1 to 4 in Singapore.

(Japanese original by Yusuke Tanabe, Political News Department)

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