Japan, N. Korea officials to meet again in Beijing

Senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats will meet in Beijing next month following rare talks earlier this month. 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said the talks will be held on December 5th and 6th. 

Top of the agenda is expected to be North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese nationals in the Cold War era and its arms programme. 

This comes amid media reports that Pyongyang is preparing for a long-range missile test in the next three weeks. 

According to satellite operator DigitalGlobe, new satellie images showed significant movement at North Korea's Sohae Satellite Launch Station.

DigitalGlobe said the type of activity was consistent with preparations observed before North Korea's failed missile launch in April.