Daily News from Korea - N.Korea-Japan Agreement Takes Seoul by Surprise

May 30, 2014 3:20 AM

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Daily News from Korea - N.Korea-Japan Agreement Takes Seoul by Surprise

Japan has decided to lift sanctions imposed on North Korea in 2006 after Pyongyang promised to investigate a bizarre campaign from the 1970s and 80s to abduct Japanese citizens.

Pyongyang and Tokyo made the announcement on Thursday following meetings earlier this week. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters Thursday evening, "This is a first step toward an overall resolution" to the long-festering issue of the abductions.

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