North Korea and Japan are set to meet for two days of Red Cross talks in China’s northeastern
city of Shenyang… starting on this Wednesday. Pyongyang’s return of the remains of Japanese
nationals from the end of World War Two will top the agenda at the dialogue, which follows
up on a previous round of talks earlier this month.
But more attention lies over an informal meeting between foreign ministry officials from the
two sides. Japan will likely demand an investigation
into North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s.
Pyongyang, meanwhile, is expected to ask Tokyo to ease sanctions on the regime.
Amid signs of thawing relations, North Korea and Japan reopened dialogue two weeks ago,
for the first time in more than one year.