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Japan vows no aid to N. Korea without kidnappings answers

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Even if North Korea gives up its nuclear arms, Japan would not resume aid to the isolated state until it clears up abduction cases dating back more than three decades, a minister said Friday. 

Keiji Furuya (L), state minister in charge of North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens, in Tokyo on January 29, 2013. Even if North Korea gives up its nuclear arms, Japan would not resume aid to the isolated state until it clears up abduction cases dating back more than three decades, Furuya said Friday.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has revived strong calls for North Korea to account for the kidnapping since he took office in December. The "firm" stance was stressed by the minister responsible for pressing the case, Keiji Furuya, during a visit to New York.

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