TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it believes North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens will be addressed in future talks between the two sides as the countries wrapped up their first government-to-government discussions in four years.
The talks in Beijing this week were initially planned for two days, but were extended to a third day Friday.
Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Masaru Sato says the two sides, which don't have diplomatic relations, agreed to coordinate so that "issues of interest" to both could be addressed at the next, more senior round of talks.
Sato says Japan told North Korea this week that the abduction issue is one of its main concerns, so Tokyo believes it will be discussed at the next meeting.
Sato said this week's talks were "frank" and "sincere."