NEW YORK (Kyodo) Kyoko Nakayama, the Japanese special adviser to the prime minister for the abduction met Tuesday with several U.N. delegations and the international body’s head of political affairs remind officials to keep pressure on North Korea in hopes of resolving the standoff.

North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, admitted in 2002 that its had taken 13 Japanese nationals in the late 1970s and early 1980s, reportedly to use their and for them to teach Japanese language and culture to spies.

Pyongyang returned five of the 13 abductees, but maintains that the other eight were dead.

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