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SEOUL (Kyodo) Arrangements are being made to change the venue of the summit between South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and Prime Minister Taro Aso at the end of June from Kyoto to Tokyo, apparently in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test, Japanese and South Korean diplomatic sources said.

In the wake of the May 25 underground nuclear test and amid signs the North is preparing to test-fire a long-range ballistic missile, the Japanese side determined that staging the summit in Kyoto would not be suitable, given its image as a tourist spot, and proposed moving the talks to Tokyo, according to the sources.

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