Abe to urge N. Korea to keep promise to investigate abductions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he will urge North Korea to honor its promise to investigate the fates of Japanese abductees.

"We were able to open a long-closed door in negotiations for a chance to rescue abduction victims," Abe told reporters, referring to Pyongyang's agreement to conduct investigations into all Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents.

"I would like to urge North Korea to keep its promise," he said.

Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, said at a press conference that he will explain to the families of abductees late Friday afternoon about Japan-North Korea intergovernmental talks in Stockholm that ended Wednesday.