TOKYO, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Japan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will hold a high-level intergovernmental talks in Beijing on March 30 to 31, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Friday.
The agreement to resume formal talks was reached between the diplomats of the two countries on the sidelines of a two-day meeting through Thursday of the two sides' Red Cross Societies in Shenyang, northeastern China.
Formal meetings between the two sides were suspended in December 2012 when DPRK fired the three-stage, long-range rocket called Unha-3. It would also be the first dialogue between the two governments since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reassumed office in December 2012.
Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and Song Il Ho, DPRK's ambassador for talks to normalize relations with Japan, will attend the talks.
According to Kyodo News, the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by DPRK in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs are expected to top the agenda during future intergovernmental negotiations.