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The chief Japanese and U.S. nuclear negotiators have agreed to continue pressing for North Korea’s denuclearization through the six-party talks under President Barack Obama’s administration, according to officials at the Foreign Ministry.

Akitaka Saiki, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Christopher Hill, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, reaffirmed the countries’ joint position of not compromising easily in negotiations with North Korea on how to verify its nuclear programs.

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