Japan and China will hold a vice-ministerial security dialogue in Tokyo ahead of the Feb. 25 six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear threat, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima said Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hitoshi Tanaka, deeply involved in Japan’s policy on North Korean affairs, and his counterpart, Wang Yi, China’s negotiator in the six-way talks, will take part in the dialogue as well as defense officials from both sides, Takashima told a news conference.

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