North Korea Tells Japan That There Will Be No Resolution On Abduction Issue Until Sanctions Are Lifted

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tours a factory in Sinuiju, North Korea, in this undated photo released by the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday. REUTERS

Japan Times: No resolution on abduction issue unless sanctions lifted, North Korea tells Japan

North Korea has said it will not comply with Tokyo’s request for a resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by the North decades ago unless Tokyo lifts unilateral economic sanctions, sources close to bilateral ties said Thursday.

Pyongyang’s demand to Japan was made during behind-the-scenes talks regarding the abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, and is viewed possibly as a condition for resuming investigations into the fate of the victims, the sources said.

But it remains uncertain whether Japan will heed North Korea’s call as it continues to seek comprehensive resolution of the nuclear, missile and abduction issues.

The long-stalled probe into the missing people has seen no tangible progress since 2016, when the North disbanded a special panel to reinvestigate the victims’ whereabouts in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan on the North due to its continued nuclear and missile tests.

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WNU Editor:  A brutal reminder on who and what North Korea is. Which makes me wonder on where this is all going …. Pompeo to land in North Korea seeking initial list of nuclear sites for declaration (Reuters).

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