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The United States will work closely with Japan in trying to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents during upcoming talks on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear threat, a visiting U.S. official said Monday in Tokyo.

“The U.S will stand squarely with Japan until all Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea are fully accounted for,” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said in a speech at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo.

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