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Japan to dispatch officials to North Korea for abductee probe

Published on Jun 1, 2014 1:37 PM
Japan's Minister-in-Charge of the Abduction Issue and head of the national public safety commission Keiji Furuya (left) speaks to the family members of victims kidnapped by North Korea, in Tokyo on May 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan will send officials to North Korea while Pyongyang reinvestigates the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the Cold War years, a senior politician said on Sunday.

Dispatch of the mission is part of an accord made last week by the the two countries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Japan and North Korea have no diplomatic ties and they contact each other through their embassies in Beijing at present.

Since North Korea in 2008 agreed to reopen investigations but failed to keep its promise, Japan has been mulling ways to ensure an effective probe by the North.

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