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Japan, South Korea pull out of news conference after talks with U.S.

American official, alone on stage, cites 'bilateral differences'

WASHINGTON -- Japanese and South Korean diplomats declined to share a stage at a joint news conference here Wednesday after trilateral talks with the U.S. due to "bilateral differences," leaving a lone American representative to field questions.

Diplomatic sources from Japan said that "it is not appropriate to have a joint news conference" after South Korea's head of police visited on Tuesday disputed South Korean-controlled islets, called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.

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