Japan Extends Sanctions against North Korea for Unresolved Questions Regarding Kidnapped Japanese Nationals

By Jenny Park

Japan extended its sanctions against North Korea for kidnapped Japanese nationals, occurring in the 1970s and '80s, for two more years. Japan cited delayed responses from North Korea regarding unresolved issues involving the kidnapping. North Korea has admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese nationals, 8 of whom had died while in captivity. One of these victims was Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped when she was 13. Although North Korea announced that she had killed herself and returned her supposed remains, DNA tests subsequently disputed such claim. Read more at BBC.