Japan, N. Korea to Meet in China

Tokyo, June 25 (QNA) – Japan and North Korea are arranging a meeting next week in China during which Pyongyang will likely inform Tokyo of its establishment of a unit to undertake fresh investigations into abductions of Japanese by North Korean agents, Japanese government sources said Wednesday.

In the two-day meeting from next Tuesday with Junichi Ihara, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Song Il Ho, North Korea’s ambassador for talks to normalize relations with Japan, is expected to explain the composition of the unit including its leadership hierarchy, according to Japan’s (Kyodo) News Agency.

Senior Japanese officials said earlier that Ihara will relay Song’s briefing to Tokyo so the government can carefully assess whether the unit, which North Korea calls a “special investigation committee,” possesses a “mandate to survey all organs” of the state as Pyongyang has claimed. (QNA)

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