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Foreign Minister Taro Aso and his Chinese and South Korean counterparts agreed Thursday to try to hold a meeting of the foreign ministers of countries involved in the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear threat in a bid to bring Pyongyang back to the multilateral process.

In two separate meetings, Aso remained apart from the ministers on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visits to Tokyo’s war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, according to Japanese government officials. The trips have been a major contributing issue to deteriorated ties.

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