North Korea agrees to investigate Japanese kidnappings

May 29, 2014 3:19 PM

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North Korea agrees to investigate Japanese kidnappings

North Korea said it would investigate what happened to Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago. Japan agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe is reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid.

North Korea has agreed to reopen an investigation into the fate of Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, a potential breakthrough in a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Pyongyang.

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