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The adviser quarterbacking Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s PR team secretly visited the Chinese port city of Dalian near North Korea for about four days in late October, diplomatic sources said Monday, fueling speculation that Tokyo has resumed delicate talks with Pyongyang.

Given that Dalian has been used in the past for secret meetings between Japan and North Korea, it is possible special adviser Isao Iijima also made contact with North Korean officials there in October.

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