Pyongyang to get DNA test results by end of week

The government later this week will provide North Korea with the results of DNA tests showing that cremated remains provided by Pyongyang were not those of abductee Megumi Yokota, contrary to what the North had claimed, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said Monday.

Hosoda also said the government will consider whether to return the cremated remains it has determined are those of two different people.

“Since we have announced the definitive result that (the remains) are not hers, I suppose (North Korea) will not be convinced unless we explain on what grounds we have reached the conclusion,” Hosoda said.