Japan, North Korea Red Cross officials meet

Japan, North Korea Red Cross officials meet


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SHENYANG, China (AP) — Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials are meeting in China in what Japan hopes will lead to talks on the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

Monday's Red Cross talks deal with a different issue, the return of the remains of 21,600 Japanese who died in Korea during the chaos at the end of World War II. But Japanese and North Korean Foreign Ministry officials are also at the meeting, and the Japanese side hopes to feel out its North Korean counterparts on possible talks on other issues, including the kidnappings.

North Korea allowed five kidnapped Japanese to return in 2002, but Japan believes at least a dozen others also were kidnapped. Japan wants the others returned, if they are still alive.

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