Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi plans to meet with her Russian counterpart, Igor Ivanov, during the Asian regional security conference when it convenes later this month in Brunei, according to government sources.

Kawaguchi talked with Ivanov by phone on Thursday and asked Ivanov, who is scheduled to visit North and South Korea prior to the Brunei conference, to convey Japan’s desire for dialogue with North Korea during his trip to Pyongyang.

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