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In wake of summit, North Korea repeats abduction issue 'resolved'

Baku, June 16, AZERTAC

North Korea's official Pyongyang Broadcasting Station repeated on Friday that the abduction issue has "already been settled," according to the Tokyo-based Radio Press news agency.

According to Japan Times, it is the first time for North Korean media to reiterate the government's official line on the sensitive issue since Tuesday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he is willing to hold direct talks with Kim on the issue, which involves Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s. Five were returned in 2002 under the administration of Junichiro Koizumi.

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