Japanese officials have arrived in Beijing to meet with their North Korean counterparts. They will discuss the makeup of a panel that will investigate the whereabouts of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents.
North Korean negotiators agreed to the panel in May. It will inquire into the fates of the abductees and other Japanese still missing.
Foreign Ministry' Asian and Oceanian Affairs chief, Junichi Ihara, is leading the Japanese delegation. North Korea will be represented by its envoy for normalizing ties with Japan, Song Il Ho.
Japan's delegates expect to hear details about the panel's authority and organizational structure at a meeting on Tuesday.
They want to determine if the panel has sufficient authority to investigate all agencies in North Korea.
They also plan to lodge an official protest against the latest North Korean missile tests. They say they will point out that the tests are in violation of UN Security Council resolutions, and demand self-restraint.
North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles on Sunday into the Sea of Japan.
Jun. 30, 2014 - Updated 03:57 UTC