N. Korea says issue of abduction of Japanese ‘completely’ resolved

01-Oct-2020 Intellasia | KyodoNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

North Korea said Wednesday that the issue of its abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s has been “completely resolved,” while making the first reference to Japan’s government led by prime minister Yoshihide Suga.

Suga, who became Japan’s prime minster on September 16, has “clung to” the abduction issue, like his predecessor Shinzo Abe, a researcher at the North Korean Foreign Ministry said on its website.

“The abduction issue has been completely resolved by our sincerity and efforts,” the researcher said. It was the first time for North Korea to use the word “completely” about the matter.

Japan officially lists 17 people as abductees, five of whom were repatriated in 2002, and suspects North Korea’s involvement in many more disappearances.

In May 2014, Japan and North Korea reached an accord in Stockholm on principles for negotiations toward the settlement of the abduction issue. Tokyo relaxed its sanctions on Pyongyang, which in turn promised a full-scale investigation into the matter.

But North Korea repeatedly postponed reporting any findings. The country then disbanded its investigation team and suspended the probe after Japan imposed further sanctions in February 2016 in reaction to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests.



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