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DATE=8/22/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=JAPAN /NOKOR TALKS OPEN (L)
NUMBER=2-265724
BYLINE=AMY BICKERS
DATELINE=TOKYO
INTERNET=YES
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO: Negotiators from Japan and North Korea have 
reopened normalization talks Tuesday after a four 
month hiatus. As V-O-A's Amy Bickers reports from 
Tokyo, delegates for the two sides met briefly to 
clarify their positions and plan to meet again on 
Thursday.
TEXT: North Korea took another step away from its 
isolationist past Tuesday, restarting talks with Japan 
on establishing formal ties. Pyongyang had postponed 
the talks in May to focus on its groundbreaking summit 
with South Korea. 
The talks in Tokyo Tuesday reportedly focused on the 
main points of contention between the two states. They 
are Pyongyang's insistence that Japan give 
compensation for its 35 year colonial rule of the 
Korean peninsula, and Japan's demands for a probe of 
alleged kidnappings of about 10 Japanese by North 
Korean agents.  
In a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Yohei 
Kono, North Korea's chief negotiator was quoted as 
saying that a liquidation of the past was essential 
before Japan and North Korea could move forward.
/// OPT /// Relatives of the alleged kidnapping 
victims and far right activists protested in front of 
Japan's foreign ministry Tuesday. They are demanding 
that the alleged abductions be at the top of the 
agenda. /// END OPT ///
These talks are the second round of negotiations, 
which began in April. Before that, they had been 
suspended for eight years.
The negotiating teams will move to the city of 
Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on Thursday 
for the second day of talks. No negotiations are 
scheduled for Wednesday.
            /// REST OPT ///
Kojiro Takano, Japan's chief envoy for negotiations 
with North Korea, says he hopes the anticipated easing 
of tension on the Korean peninsula will help improve 
bilateral relations. (SIGNED)
NEB/HK/AB/JO
22-Aug-2000 04:04 AM LOC (22-Aug-2000 0804 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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