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A senior North Korean official in charge of Japanese affairs spoke in Mongolia Saturday with a Japanese professor believed to be serving as a de facto proxy for Hiroshi Nakai, a former state minister in charge of the abduction issue.

Sadaki Manabe, a Takushoku University professor involved in assisting those kidnapped and their families, was apparently sent to explain to Song Il Ho why Nakai was unable to make it to Mongolia to meet with him.

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