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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - 10:16
North Korea and Japan hold first direct talks since 2008
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Japan and North Korea are set to meet today in their first face-to-face talks in four years as diplomats see if they can start laying the groundwork to overcome a troubled history.

Ties between the countries have long been strained amid decades of mutual distrust, though they periodically try to resume dialogue with the ultimate -- and so far elusive -- goal of establishing formal diplomatic relations.

The discussions, expected to last at least a day, come as governments and analysts seek clues about the emerging foreign policy of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, who took over after his father Kim Jong-Il died in December.

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