Japan to Forgo N. Korea Human Rights Abuse Resolution

Politics

Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government does not plan to submit a resolution denouncing North Korea's human rights abuse to a U.N. council in Geneva this year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

Since 2008, Japan and the European Union have jointly submitted a resolution criticizing the human rights situation in North Korea to the U.N. Human Rights Council every year.

Japan's decision to forgo presenting such a resolution this time is apparently part of its efforts to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens, sources familiar with the situation said.

Tokyo apparently aims to get North Korea to soften its stance toward Japan by taking a conciliatory line toward Pyongyang, the sources said.

At a press conference, Suga said Japan made the decision after considering results of the second U.S.-North Korea summit and the situation over the abduction issue.

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