Japan and North Korea have scheduled bilateral talks Saturday in China, reportedly on the communist state's nuclear weapons programs and its past abductions of Japanese citizens. The talks in Beijing will be working-level negotiations, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said Friday. The countries' last bilateral meeting was in Mongolia in September. The official refused to provide details on the talks, but past rounds have focused on the abductions and nuclear weapons development. The Yomiuri newspaper reported Friday that the topics were expected to be the same on Saturday. North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s. The communist government later sent some of the abductees home, claiming that the others had died. Japan has demanded more information about the deaths and accuses Pyongyang of additional kidnappings. In April, Japan extended sanctions against North Korea that have been in place since it tested a nuclear weapon in 2006. Tokyo is also part of international talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons programs. North Korea has promised to complete a declaration of its programs in return for economic aid and political concessions, but has not yet provided it. The six-party talks _ involving the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia _ were last held between late September and early October 2007.