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A North Korea-affiliated group here Thursday asked the government to let its No. 2 official re-enter Japan after he attends the funeral in Pyongyang of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il but was refused because key members of the group are being banned, government sources said.

Japan has banned the re-entry of six senior officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, known as Chongryon, who also are members of the Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s Parliament. Japan also has sanctions in place for the reclusive country’s past abductions of Japanese citizens.

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