Japan has said it will lift some of it’s sanctions on North Korea following Pyongyang’s decision to create a committee to investigate the fate of at least a dozen Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s.
According to reports, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said he was satisfied the committee has the mandate to carry out a serious investigation into the abductions, although previous deals with the North have fallen through.
Japan will continue to abide by UN sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes.
His decision is due to be formally approved by his cabinet tomorrow, after the new committee holds its first meeting. The announcement follows a meeting between North Korean and Japanese negotiators in Beijing earlier this week.