Some relatives of abductees said Wednesday they were against the government sending Japanese officials to Pyongyang as the North has requested, because they may return empty-handed.

The government wants North Korea to release a promised initial report into the fate of Japanese nationals kidnapped in the 1970s and 1980s, but a lobby group representing their families said it’s unlikely a visit to Pyongyang would make the abductees’ return any more likely.

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