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The Japanese and North Korean Red Cross societies will meet here April 29 for a two-day round of talks on the issue of missing Japanese nationals, a source familiar with Japan-North Korea relations said Wednesday.

The two countries have held five rounds of talks, the first in September 1997 and the last in 2000.

Japan says nearly a dozen Japanese nationals were abducted to North Korea between 1977 and 1983.

North Korea denies the allegations but has expressed readiness to cooperate with Japan in searching for the Japanese, whom it terms “missing people.”

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