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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and South Korean Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Yu Myung Hwan agreed Wednesday to coordinate closely on issues related to North Korea along with the United States, and to strengthen bilateral ties in a broad range of areas, Japanese officials said.

Yu also met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirofumi Hirano and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. He invited Hatoyama to visit South Korea “at an early date,” Hirano told a news conference.

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