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North Korea wants Japan to end its “hostile” position toward Pyongyang and put relations between the two countries on a normal course, the official Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary Tuesday.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said the North’s official newspaper called for Japan to “respect and carry out a joint declaration” made when Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Pyongyang in 2002 for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

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