North Korea likely to submit first report on abduction early next month

North Korea likely to submit first report on abduction early next month
This undated picture shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a tactical rocket firing drill by the Korean People's Army Strategic Force at an undisclosed place in North Korea. North Korea said on Monday it will send cheerleaders along with its athletes to the Asian Games in the South as a gesture of peace after weeks of firing rockets and fiery rhetoric.

North Korea that established last month the Special Investigation Committee to investigate the abduction issue will likely submit its first report on the probe to Japan early next month, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

According to Japanese government officials, the Japanese government has demanded Pyongyang present the results of its investigation particularly into about 30 missing Japanese citizens who are highly suspected of having been abducted by North Korean agents, in addition to 12 Japanese who are officially recognised by the government as abductees and have yet to return to Japan.

The Japanese government has already provided names and other personal information of those Japanese citizens to North Korea, the officials said.

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