Japan To Seek Breakthrough On Abduction Issue

Japan to seek breakthrough on abduction issueJapan's government plans to seek cooperation from China and other countries to make a breakthrough on the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea.
In May 2014, the governments of Japan and North Korea agreed that Pyongyang would hold an investigation into the fate of known abductees and other missing Japanese. But official bilateral negotiations have been stalled since October of that year.

The Japanese government imposed its own sanctions against North Korea for conducting its fourth nuclear test last January. Tokyo tightened its sanctions last month after Pyongyang held its fifth nuclear test in September.

The Japanese government wants to resume talks on abduction issues by increasing pressure on North Korea in tandem with the global community.

There has been no prospect yet for a resumption of the talks as Pyongyang has been protesting against the sanctions.

The Japanese government hopes to break the deadlock by gaining cooperation from other nations, including the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and Cuba. China has influence on North Korea. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Cuba last year.