Japan’s PM Slams North Korea Launch at Nuclear Summit

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda used his opening speech at the summit to say the international community strongly demands North Korea exercise self-restraint on next months planned rocket launch.”

The planned missile launch North Korea recently announced would go against the international communitys nuclear non-proliferation effort and violate U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Noda said.

No other major leaders mentioned North Koreas nuclear ambitions or the ballistic missile launch which the Pyongyang says will carry a weather satellite into orbit. The West says the launch is a disguised test of a long-range missile designed to reach the American mainland.

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Ex-North saboteur Kim spots others on abductee list

Former North Korean agent Kim Hyon Hui said Wednesday during her second meeting with the brother and son of a Japanese woman kidnapped by Pyongyang that she saw several people in North Korea listed as abductees.

Koichiro Iizuka, the 33-year-old son of abductee Yaeko Taguchi, told a news conference after meeting with Kim in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, that she said she saw some of the faces that appear on a poster of possible abductees. Shigeo Iizuka, Taguchi’s 72-year-old brother, was also at the meeting.

The two Iizukas met with Kim on Tuesday at former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s summer house.

Kim, 48, met with the parents of abductee Megumi Yokota — Shigeru, 77, and Sakie, 74 — for nearly four hours Wednesday evening, and they were to face reporters Thursday morning.

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