Pyongyang told Tokyo in May 2010 that it would allow Japanese abductee Megumi Yokota's daughter, Kim Eun Gyong, to leave North Korea as long as it wasn't to Japan, a source said Tuesday.

Pyongyang's move was apparently aimed at facilitating the first meeting between Kim and her grandparents, Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, the source said.

The Yokotas have long been at the forefront of efforts to repatriate Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents.