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Japan and Mongolia agreed Thursday to set up a working-level body to discuss the North Korean missile, nuclear arms and abduction issues, a Japanese official said.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who arrived in Ulan Bator the same day, and Mongolian Prime Minister Miyeegombyn Enkhbold. Mongolia has diplomatic ties with Pyongyang.

Other details, such as when the consultation body will be established and who will participate, will be established later by the two governments, the official said.

The two leaders attended the official signing of an aid package of 350 million yen in grants for young Mongolian officials to study in Japan.

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