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The head of a Liberal Democratic Party delegation to North Korea announced Wednesday that it reached a basic agreement with the Workers’ Party of Korea during its recent visit to set up a bilateral liaison office in Pyongyang.

An exact date for the opening of the office was not decided, said House of Representatives member Masaaki Nakayama, because many hurdles need to be cleared first. These problems include progress in the controversial issue of missing Japanese nationals Tokyo believes were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s.

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