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North Korean Japan 'mission' may go back under hammer

Published on Jan 23, 2014 2:57 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Tokyo court has ruled that an obscure Mongolian company cannot buy the building serving as North Korea's de facto embassy in Japan, reports said Thursday, meaning it could go up for sale for a third time.

The Mongolian-registered Avar Limited Liability Company won an auction in October when it bid 5.01 billion yen (S$61.5 million) for the building and the site.

But Tokyo District Court has reportedly conducted an investigation into the company to determine whether it qualifies as a legitimate bidder for the prime real estate.

The property is currently used by Chongryon, the organisation that represents North Korean interests in Japan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

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