State media says Japan is trying to ‘stem the trend of peace’ by refusing to normalise ties until fate of citizens is known

North Korea has claimed that its cold war abductions of Japanese citizens has been “resolved” and accused Japan of trying to wreck recent progress towards the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

The state-run KCNA news agency blasted Japan’s insistence that it will not normalise diplomatic ties with North Korea until it has settled the abductions of at least a dozen of its citizens in the 1970s and 80s.

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