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Japan closely following contacts between IOC, Pyongyang over Tokyo Olympics

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said on Monday that it is paying close attention to contacts between and the following a visit by the of the IOC to during which North Korea's participation in the 2020 Tokyo was discussed.

said at a press conference that they were closely following the talks and would make the necessary efforts to collaborate with the appropriate organisations to ensure that are successful, reports

Suga was responding to a question about the recent visit by the (IOC) to Pyongyang, where he spent three days and met North Korean leader and other senior officials.

During the visit, Bach expressed his wish to work towards ensuring North Korea's participation in the 2020 Tokyo and the 2022 in

Suga avoided making any official statement about what he described as a conversation between third parties, but said that the was closely following the development of the matter.

enjoy a special symbolic position in the current thaw in relations between Pyongyang, and Washington, as North Korean athletes participated in the in South Korea's PyeongChang in February, and paved the way for two forthcoming historic summits - between the leaders of and the United States, and the two Koreas.

Kim, during his meeting with Bach on Friday, underlined the significant role of the IOC in the current diplomatic scenario involving the easing of tensions between the two Koreas.



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First Published: Mon, April 02 2018. 14:42 IST