Japan PM Abe: to lift some North Korea sanctions, make effort on abduction issue

TOKYO Thu Jul 3, 2014 1:47am EDT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that Japan would lift some of its sanctions against North Korea and make utmost efforts for a comprehensive solution to the decades-old issue of Japanese citizens that were abducted by the reclusive state.

"This is just a start," he told reporters at the prime minister's office. "We will make every effort to achieve a complete resolution of this issue."

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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