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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and new South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun agreed Tuesday to continue working with the United States toward peacefully resolving North Korean nuclear issues, a Japanese official said.

In their first summit parley, which followed Roh’s inauguration as president, the two leaders also decided to work on strengthening future-oriented bilateral ties based on recognition of their nations’ “unfortunate shared past,” the official said.

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