• Kyodo


A government official close to Jin Matsubara, the minister in charge of addressing the abduction of Japanese by North Korea, has sent a message to Pyongyang seeking talks with officials of the Workers’ Party of Korea, according to sources.

The message was delivered through a member of the assembly in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, who visited North Korea last week, but officials there withheld response, saying Pyongyang wants to watch carefully the Japanese government’s attitude, including that of Matsubara, the sources said Friday.

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