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(Update) Japan to Forgo N. Korea Human Rights Abuse Resolution

(Update) Japan to Forgo N. Korea Human Rights Abuse Resolution

   Tokyo, March 13 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government does not plan to submit a resolution denouncing North Korea's human rights abuse to a U.N. council in Geneva this year, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
   Since 2008, Japan and the European Union have jointly submitted a resolution criticizing the human rights situation in North Korea to the U.N. Human Rights Council every year.
   This year, Japan will support such a resolution to be submitted by the EU instead of presenting it.
   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo made the decision as part of his efforts to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens, sources familiar with the situation said.
   Abe aims to get North Korea to soften its stance toward Japan by taking a conciliatory line toward Pyongyang, the sources said.

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