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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Ends Embargo

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has lifted its embargo on food aid to North Korea, another step toward thawing relations with the Stalinist regime.

But Tuesday's action does not mean Japan will start sending food to the famine-stricken nation, only that the way is now cleared to begin formal talks with North Korea.

Japan officially froze its food aid to North Korea after Pyongyang test-fired a rocket over Japanese soil in August 1998.