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Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiroku Kajiyama admitted August 6 that North Korea has yet to reply to a proposal to hold high-level bilateral talks this weekend, but he would not comment on speculation that Pyongyang has been angered.

“We do not know why North Korea has not made any official reply,” Kajiyama said. “But we are expecting things will develop in a favorable way.” Media reports have said that Pyongyang may be angered over a recent comment by Koichi Kato, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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