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Sanctions imposed on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council will remain in place until Pyongyang returns to the six-party talks and halts its nuclear programs, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and his South Korean counterpart, Yu Myung Hwan, said Tuesday.

Following a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting in Shanghai on Monday with his opposite numbers from China and South Korea, Okada met with Yu in Tokyo for bilateral talks.

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