N. Korea Sees Japanese Abductee Issue as Resolved

Politics Society

Berlin, May 9 (Jiji Press)--North Korea reiterated its usual claim at a U.N. meeting on Thursday that the issue of Japanese abductees in the country has already been resolved.

The statement was made at a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council's working group on human rights issues in North Korea, held at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva.

At the meeting, a Japanese delegate pressed North Korea for a solution to the abduction issue, saying that Japan demands "the immediate return of all abductees."

"Japan would like to call upon the DPRK to work together seeking its bright future," the delegate said, using North Korea's full official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

A North Korean representative responded by saying that "the abduction issue of the Japanese has been fundamentally and completely resolved thanks to our sincere efforts" under the Pyongyang Declaration of 2002 between Japan and North Korea.

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