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Japan will not take action until abduction is solved, Iijima tells N. Korea

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told North Korean officials during his recent trip to Pyongyang that Japan will not budge an inch until the abduction issue involving Japanese nationals is resolved, a Japanese government source said Saturday. In talks with North Korean officials, Isao Iijima demanded that Pyongyang return all Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, handover the abductors and provide a full accounting of the abductions, the source said.

Abe's aide Iijima briefs Suga about N. Korea visit

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefed Japan's top government spokesman Saturday about his unannounced trip to North Korea, as the premier vowed to resolve the longstanding issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals. Isao Iijima met with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga for about an hour at a Tokyo hotel soon after he returned to Japan, a Japanese government source said. Iijima wrapped up on Friday a four-day visit to North Korea that has sparked concerns from the United States and South Korea.

Abe aide Iijima returns home after 4-day N. Korea visit

An adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Tokyo from Beijing on Saturday, a day after he completed a four-day unannounced visit to North Korea that has sparked concern from the United States and South Korea. Before leaving China, Isao Iijima told journalists at Beijing Capital International Airport that he will not "discuss anything about this case." Asked if he would brief Abe on the trip later Saturday, Iijima said, "I don't know."

Abe aide Iijima departs Beijing for home after 4-day N. Korea visit

An adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Beijing for Tokyo on Saturday, a day after he completed a four-day unannounced visit to North Korea that has sparked concern from the United States and South Korea. "I will not discuss anything about this case," Isao Iijima told journalists at Beijing Capital International Airport. Asked if he would brief Abe on the trip later Saturday, Iijima said, "I don't know."

Abe adviser Iijima meets N. Korea party secretary Kim Yong Il

An adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks Wednesday with a senior official of North Korea's Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, the North's official media reported. Details of the meeting between Isao Iijima and Kim Yong Il, a secretary of the party's Central Committee, were not immediately known from a single-paragraph dispatch by Korean Central News Agency, but the two sides are believed to have discussed ways to address the issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.
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