On a visit to Beijing last week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special adviser is said to have met an official from North Korea and was able to tap on bilateral issues yet to be settled. Such issue is said to be about the abduction of numerous Japanese nationals. Should it be finalized, it may mark the beginning of both countries sitting before each other to settle issues from the past.
It is believed that Isao Iijima has paved the communication channels for both countries to face each other. North Korea, through the official whom Iijima met in the Chinese capital, has initiated the possibility of having talks concerning the abduction issue. The number of meetings has also given the Cabinet adviser to relay Prime Minister Abe’s commitment for the closure of the issue, thus encouraging the North Korean official to believe the possibility of mending fences and building bridges.
The last meeting of Iijima and the North Korean official is believed to have occurred before the Upper House election. Surveys prior to the election have been indicating for Liberal Democratic Party’s victory in the election, which might have won North Korea, causing it to initiate bilateral talks with Japan. Although the North Korean official whom Iijima met was unnamed, dealing with a representative from the hermit nation is not new for the adviser. He visited Pyongyang on May 14-17 and was able to meet with other high ranked North Korean officials.
[via The Japan Times]
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