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Relatives of people kidnapped by North Korea met Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who stressed that international cooperation is key to resolving the long-running problem.

“Clinton said she would think seriously about how to treat the problem, although she avoided discussing details,” Shigeo Iizuka, chairman of the Association of the Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea, told reporters after the meeting in Tokyo, noting she used both the terms “pressure” and “talks” when mulling future plans.

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