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Japan to ease some sanctions on DPRK

By Associated Press in Tokyo ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-05 06:57:51

Move tied to promise of investigation into alleged abductions and war dead

Japan took a tentative step toward improved relations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Friday by agreeing to lift some of its sanctions, as Pyongyang announced the details of a new probe into the fate of at least a dozen Japanese believed to have been abducted by DPRK agents decades ago.

The Japanese Cabinet approved easing sanctions in three areas. It lifted a ban on DPRK citizens visiting Japan, allowing them on a case-by-case basis, and made it easier for Japanese and ethnic Koreans in Japan to travel to the DPRK. It also raised the reporting limit for money taken or sent to the DPRK. Third, it approved port calls by DPRK-flagged ships for humanitarian purposes, limited to the delivery of food, medicine and clothes in small amounts.

Japan to ease some sanctions on DPRK

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