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Former Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said in Beijing on his way back from talks in North Korea that Pyongyang is seeking a “sincere” apology and compensation from Japan over its colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea believes relations have yet to improve “due to the Japanese government’s insincerity in accounting for its past,” Murayama said after leading an unofficial Japanese delegation for five days of talks with North Korea on ways to promote normalization.

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