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Japan made North Korea’s position on the kidnapping issue ‘unacceptable’, said – no change in government policy

Tokyo. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi on Friday completely rejected North Korea’s claim that the issue of Japanese citizens allegedly abducted in its decade has already been resolved. Hayashi said that Japan is committed to properly dealing with this problem.

It is noteworthy that on Thursday, Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said that if Japan abandoned the idea of ​​pursuing ‘already resolved abduction issue’ as a condition for improving bilateral relations, , then there will be no issue of dispute between the two countries. Closeness will increase and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may visit North Korea.

“I would like to refrain from commenting on every statement by North Korea, but the claim that the issue of Japanese citizens held in North Korea has been resolved is completely unacceptable in our government’s policy,” Hayashi said at a news conference. There is no change, which is intended to address complex problems. These problems include the issue of Japanese citizens captured in North Korea, the missile program, and the nuclear program.

He said Kishida has on several occasions reaffirmed his willingness to hold high-level talks with the North Korean leader to resolve problems in bilateral relations. He said efforts for this were being made “through various channels”. Japan’s Prime Minister has stepped up his efforts to meet the North Korean leader, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the talks. The summit is expected to focus, among other things, on securing the release of Japanese citizens abducted decades ago, the report said.

Japan claims that North Korean intelligence services have abducted at least 17 Japanese citizens since the 1970s, but North Korea has recognized only 13 cases of abductions. Five of them managed to return to Japan after former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited North Korea in 2002. North Korea claims the remaining eight people have died, but Japan considers the evidence presented for their deaths as unsubstantiated or false and has been demanding the extradition of all abductees.

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