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Japan is expected to extend economic sanctions against North Korea at a cabinet meeting later this week, a spokesman for Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday.

Current sanctions, valid for six months, are due to expire April 13. Abduction is the driving factor behind the ongoing sanctions in Japan.

The communist nation has admitted to kidnapping Japanese citizens -- to teach its spies Japanese language and culture -- but it has insisted the issue was resolved with the return of some of those citizens. Read full article »

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