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INTERVIEW: Japan wants meaningful dialogue with N. Korea on abductions

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan aims to realize meaningful dialogue with North Korea to resolve Pyongyang’s abductions of Japanese nationals, Katsunobu Kato, minister in charge of the abduction issue, said in an interview on Wednesday.

 
“Shoulder to shoulder with the international community, Japan will maximize pressure on North Korea and bring Pyongyang to the table for meaningful dialogue that would lead to the return of Japanese abduction victims,” Kato said.

The minister said he wants to boost efforts to realize the return of the abduction victims this year.

Kato said he is considering visiting the United States in May during Japan’s long holidays to seek support from the U.S. administration and Congress for resolving the abduction issue.

“The influence of the United States is very significant,” he said.

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