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Mongolian president presents concrete proposal on abduction issue to North Korean leader

(Sankei: July 30, 2015 – p. 2)


 ULAANBAATAR (Kyodo) – During an interview with Kyodo News and other media outlets on July 29, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj disclosed that he sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in early July offering a concrete proposal for resolving the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals. Elbegdorj did not elaborate on the details of the letter, but he said that “North Korea can be trusted” and he “foresees the possibility of the abduction issue being settled,” expressing his expectation for progress on the issue.


 Mongolia has continued to support Tokyo’s efforts to build relations with Pyongyang, including realizing a meeting between the parents of Megumi Yokota, one of the abductees, and the daughter of Megumi in March 2014 in Ulaanbaatar.


 Elbegdorj said: “My personal letter offering a concrete proposal has been submitted to the North Korean leadership.”

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