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Japanese relatives of abductees to meet Abe

Relatives of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korea will urge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to close the issue if Pyongyang holds an inadequate inquiry into abductees and other missing Japanese.

North Korea will launch of a special investigative panel to determine the fate of these Japanese on Friday. The move comes in exchange for Japan's partial lifting of sanctions.

The relatives will meet with Prime Minister Abe on Friday. They include group leader Shigeo Iizuka and the parents of abductee Megumi Yokota.

The families will request that Abe not compromise if the results of the probe are insufficient. They will also call on the government to carefully proceed with negotiations, and examine the true intentions of the North.

Some relatives are concerned that the latest investigation may not lead to the return of abductees, because the previous inquiry a decade ago was fraught with contradictions and errors.

Back then, Pyongyang submitted what it claimed to be the remains of Megumi Yokota. However, DNA analysis indicated that the remains were not hers.

Jul. 3, 2014 - Updated 22:28 UTC