The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says Japan will continue to play its part in international efforts to denuclearize North Korea despite its recent thawing of relations with Pyongyang.
Daniel Russel, the U.S. Assistant Scretary of State for East Asian and Pacifi Affairs, told a Japanese daily, Asahi Shimbun, over the weekend that Washington believes Japan will pursue its talks with North Korea over the abductee issue in a way that is responsible toward its partners in the denuclearization effort.
Tokyo recently announced it would ease some sanctions on the North in return for Pyongyang re-investigating the abductions of Japanese citizens in the 1970 and '80s.
Some watchers have raised concerns the bilateral cooperation could undermine the position of the other member states of the six-party talks to resolve the missile and nuclear issues.
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