A special rapporteur for the United Nations on human rights in North Korea has urged Pyongyang to take concrete measures to resolve the abductee issue as soon as possible and return the victims to their families.

Vitit Muntarbhorn, a professor of law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, made his final visit to Japan as a U.N. special rapporteur last week and met with key ministers, including Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Hiroshi Nakai, the minister in charge of the abduction issue, as well as relatives of abductees.

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