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Japan and South Korea agreed Aug. 14 to seek a provisional agreement in their fisheries talks by shelving the sensitive matter of the establishment of 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zones in disputed seas, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

In the agreement, the two sides are expected to draw up jointly controlled boundaries around disputed islets in the Sea of Japan known as Takeshima in Japan and Tok-do in South Korea. Both nations claim sovereignty over the islands. Officials from Japan and South Korea proposed the provisional agreement during two days of talks that ended Aug. 14. Ministry officials added that the two nations remain far apart on the details, but declined to elaborate.

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