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Japan to demand North Korea provide info on abductees’ whereabouts

Publication Date : 18-03-2014


The Japanese government has decided to demand North Korea give a full account of the whereabouts of abductees, including Megumi Yokota, whose fate remains unknown, during an informal meeting of director-level officials of the Japanese and North Korean foreign ministries scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Shenyang, China, and other occasions, government sources said Monday.

The government will likely press North Korea to reinvestigate the abduction issue, which Pyongyang says has already been settled. Director general-level officials of the two countries’ foreign ministries are also expected to resume talks soon.

According to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, no information regarding Megumi’s whereabouts was given when her parents—Shigeru Yokota and his wife, Sakie—met her daughter Kim Eun Gyong in Mongolia from March 10 to 14.

“It’s our responsibility to bring back all the abductees and we’ll take every possible measures to do so,” Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, said Monday. “Negotiations with North Korea have begun in various occasions.”


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