June 26, 2018 12:34
The Japanese Foreign Ministry will launch a North Korean affairs office to prepare for negotiations with the rogue regime.
A diplomatic source in Tokyo said Monday that the office will be spun off from the Northeast Asia Division of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau.
About 50 diplomats currently work in the division, and about one-third of them will concentrate on North Korea.
The office will probably look for ways of including Japan in the North's denuclearization process and engaging in negotiations on the Japanese victims of the regime's bizarre abduction campaign in the 1970s and 80s.
Tokyo has also worked out a plan to send Japanese nuclear decommissioning experts to the North. It hopes they can take part based on their experience of decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the 2011 earthquake, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will visit the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna soon to promote the idea.
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