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Japan, North Korea enter second day of talks amid secrecy

Published on May 27, 2014 10:55 PM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - North Korea and Japan began on Tuesday the second day of talks in Stockholm believed to be focused on Japanese nationals kidnapped decades ago by Pyongyang.

Japan is expected to push for a reopening of the investigation into the fate of the abductees, kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s to train North Korean spies.

The issue, a hugely emotional one in Japan, was already brought up in an earlier bilateral meeting held in China in March.

Japan is said to have previously told the North Korean head negotiator, Song Il Ho, that it is willing to lift some economic sanctions if there is evidence that Pyongyang is making a serious effort to investigate the case, Kyodo News said citing unnamed sources.

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