Jun 3, 2014

Abe says talk of N. Korea visit 'premature'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday it is premature to discuss whether he will visit North Korea, following Pyongyang’s recent promise to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. “It’s too early to make a decision on that,” ...

Jun 3, 2014

Now Pyongyang must deliver

North Korea's new promise to reinvestigate the decades-ago abductions of Japanese nationals as Japan eases sanctions and provides humanitarian aid is a positive move. Tokyo's challenge is ensuring that Pyongyang follows through on its pledge this time.

May 31, 2014

Pyongyang abduction post eyed

Japan could station diplomats and police in North Korea following Pyongyang's vow to reinvestigate the whereabouts of Japanese abductees.

May 31, 2014

Kim Jong Il ordered improved ties

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, who died in December 2011, issued an order in July 2007 to seek improved relations with Japan, and the instruction was conveyed in 2012 to a key official in the Democratic Party of Japan-led government, a diplomatic ...

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

May 31, 2014

South Korean missionary is handed life sentence by North court

North Korea said Saturday it has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up underground churches, the latest in a string of missionaries to run into trouble in the rigidly controlled North. North ...

Families welcome North's promise

May 30, 2014

Families welcome North's promise

The parents of a girl abducted and later declared dead by North Korea expressed hope Thursday that there will now be progress in learning what happened and in bringing surviving abductees home, after Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the matter. “I certainly hope that it ...