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Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto told a delegation of South Korean lawmakers on Sept. 3 that Japan will give Seoul a clear outline of its relationship with North Korea when it promotes bilateral talks with the communist nation.

Hashimoto made the remark when the group of South Korean legislators — members of the Korea-Japan legislators’ league headed by Kim Yoon Whan — paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Hashimoto said that a dialogue is currently under way with North Korea to deal with long-pending problems. He added that Japan will proceed with the negotiations by explaining to South Korea its relevant policies.

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