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N.Korean envoy willing to implement agreement

North Korea's envoy in talks with Japan has expressed willingness to implement the agreement on abductees reached at the previous meeting.

In talks on Tuesday in Beijing, North Korean officials described the makeup and authority of the special committee they promised to set up. The committee will investigate the fate of abductees and other Japanese nationals in the North.

Japanese officials said their government is ready to consider partially lifting sanctions on North Korea.

Song Il Ho is North Korea's envoy for normalizing relations with Japan. He said in Beijing on Wednesday that the talks were practical and that everyone involved was cooperative.
Song said the 2 sides agreed to prepare to implement the agreement they reached in Sweden in May.

Japan's chief delegate to the talks, Junichi Ihara, said on Tuesday that Song provided a detailed explanation of the planned investigation into the whereabouts of missing Japanese.

North Korea is expected to make a final decision on setting up the special investigative committee while trying to determine whether Japan will lift its sanctions.

Jul. 2, 2014 - Updated 07:08 UTC