December 23, 1999 |
Japanese and North Korean officials agreed Wednesday to continue talks on establishing diplomatic ties but were unable to announce plans for the start of formal negotiations. A Japanese Foreign Ministry official who attended the two sessions of talks spread over two days said the North Korean side showed a strong desire to improve relations with Tokyo. He said the parties agreed to meet early next year and will probably again hold the negotiations on neutral ground in Beijing.
July 26, 2003 |
North Korea says it is prepared to conduct a nuclear test unless the United States responds positively to its proposals for resolving concerns over Pyongyang's weapons ambitions, Japanese and North Korean sources were quoted as saying today. The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun said this had been conveyed to U.S. special envoy Jack Pritchard by a North Korean official in a secret meeting this month.
October 30, 2002 |
Japan and North Korea held a contentious round of talks Tuesday on normalizing relations but remained far apart on the key issues of North Korea's nuclear arms program and Japanese citizens abducted decades ago. The two-day talks, the first full-scale negotiations between the countries in two years, are under an international spotlight as pressure mounts on the North Korean government to scrap a nuclear arms program it has pursued in violation of a 1994 agreement.
October 10, 2002 |
North Korea will permit five Japanese kidnapped more than two decades ago to visit their homeland next week, although their children born in the Communist nation will not be allowed to accompany them, Japanese officials said Wednesday. North Korea has said the five victims, whose trips will be paid for by the Japanese government, can stay only two weeks. The announcement came as Japanese and North Korean officials prepare for talks Oct.
October 31, 2002 |
North Korea defiantly refused to abandon its nuclear weapons program Wednesday, leaving little hope of an early resolution in its standoff with Washington, Tokyo and Seoul. During two days of normalization talks between Japanese and North Korean officials in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, North Korea turned down Japan's request to end its uranium enrichment program.
March 25, 1999 |
Japanese warships firing warning shots and military aircraft dropping explosives chased two suspected spy ships in the Sea of Japan for more than 24 hours but gave up Wednesday when the vessels sped into North Korean territorial waters, the government said.