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Japan, North Korea to resume high-level talks after long gap: Media

Published on Mar 17, 2014 2:29 PM
 
Mr Shigeru Yokota (right) and his wife Sakie (left), whose daughter was kidnapped in 1977 by North Korean agents, walk to a press conference in Kawasaki, a suburb of Tokyo, on March 17, 2014. After a hiatus of more than a year, Japan and North Korea are set to resume high-level talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes and the issue of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, Japanese media said on Monday, March 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - After a hiatus of more than a year, Japan and North Korea are set to resume high-level talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes and the issue of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, Japanese media said on Monday.

The media reports come after the parents of a Japanese girl who was abducted by North Korea more than three decades ago met their child's daughter for the first time.

Japan has still to confirm the resumption of talks, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared his government's commitment to find closure for families who were the victims of kidnapping.

"The Japanese government has been working hard to realise the meeting from the humanitarian point of view ... We are determined to do our utmost to resolve the abduction issue once and for all," Mr Abe told reporters.

 
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