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Tokyo and Pyongyang in deadlock over five abducted Japanese
AFAR
10/30/2002



Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda expressed that Japan would continue to talk with North Korea in an effort to retain the 5 Japanese kidnapped earlier by North Korea and to bring their families still in North Korea back to Japan.

Pyongyang is now demanding that Tokyo return these 5 Japanese, as agreed earlier by two sides. Pyongyang reportedly promised to not harm the victims’ children who are still living in North Korea. North Korea hoped to normalize its relationship with Japan and obtain its aid because of its economic disaster and poverty. Japan, to North Korea's chagrin, joins the US effort in urging this Communist state to give up its nuclear weapons program.

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