Japan adds to N Korea kidnap list

Police say two children missing since 1970s were abducted by North Korean agents.

    Japanese police say they believe several missing citizens were abducted to North Korea[GALLO/GETTY]
    North Korea admitted in 2002 that it kidnapped 13 Japanese citizens in the 1970s and '80s.
     
    They were apparently used to train North Korean spies in Japanese language and customs.
     
    Pyongyang sent five of them home later that year, but insisted the rest were dead.
     
    Japan though has demanded proof and says more of its citizens may have been taken.
     
    It has also refused to provide energy and economic aid to North Korea or normalise relations unless progress is made on resolving the issue.
     
    North Korea made a breakthrough agreement on nuclear disarmament on February 13, raising hopes for an end to a long-running standoff with the United States and regional powers.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.