Ottawa Citizen

North Korea to probe abductions again

JAPAN

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North Korea has promised to reinvestig­ate its abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and ’80s, a surprise concession that prompted Japan to respond with a pledge to lift some of its economic sanctions against the closed Communist country. The agreement, reached during bilateral talks this week in Beijing and announced yesterday, cracks open what had been a closed door on trade, aid and travel between the neighbouri­ng countries.

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