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Japan to Tone Down Human Rights Stance Against North Korea


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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:12 GMT

For the first time in more than a decade, Japan said today that it will not submit a motion against North Korea's human rights record at a UN panel, AFP reports.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explored ways to engage North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in an effort to resolve a row over past kidnappings of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang agents, is why this decision was taken in the first place.

Moreover, Abe—who rose to national political fame with his hardline stance against North Korea—has reduced his rhetoric against Pyongyang as US President Donald Trump actively courts Kim, holding their second meeting earlier this month in Vietnam.

Abe is now putting more effort into meeting Kim to resolve the abduction issue.

"Having reviewed the outcome of the US-North Korea summit meeting as well as various conditions surrounding the abduction and other issues, we have decided not to submit a draft resolution on the situation of human rights in the DPRK at the current Human Rights Council being held in Geneva," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular briefing.

Over the past 11 years Japan has joined the European Union to co-issue a motion to condemn human rights conditions in North Korea, whereby Tokyo believes North Korean agents kidnapped at least 17 Japanese nationals to train its spies in language and customs in the 1970s and 80s.