Date
23 August 2017
Junichi Ihara, director-general of Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, shakes hands with Song Il-ho (L), the head of North Korean delegates, before talks at the North Korean embassy in Beijing on July 1. Photo: Reuters
Junichi Ihara, director-general of Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, shakes hands with Song Il-ho (L), the head of North Korean delegates, before talks at the North Korean embassy in Beijing on July 1. Photo: Reuters

Japan to decide on possible easing of N Korea sanctions

Japan will decide on Thursday whether to lift some of its sanctions against North Korea, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

The decision will depend on the assessment of Pyongyang’s plan to reinvestigate the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago, Reuters quoted the official as saying Wednesday.

North Korea in May agreed to reopen the probe into the status of Japanese abductees. In return, Japan promised to lift travel curbs, restrictions on the amount of money that can be sent or brought to the impoverished North without notifying Japanese authorities, and allow port calls by North Korean ships for humanitarian purposes.

Pyongyang, however, has a history of reneging on deals.

Japan has said the final decision on the easing will be made after seeing if the new probe is designed to be effective. Japanese diplomats met their North Korean counterparts on Tuesday to evaluate Pyongyang’s plan.

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