Premier Wen Jiabao said on Friday that China hopes Japan and
North Korea will resolve the abduction issue through
Wen's comments came at a press conference following the
conclusion of the annual session of the National People's Congress
(NPC), China's top legislature.
Stressing China sympathized with the abducted Japanese
nationals, Wen said he hoped Japan and North Korea would smoothly
resolve the issue through communication and negotiation.
North Korea and Japan held talks on normalizing their diplomatic
relations in Hanoi last Thursday. But nothing came out of the talks
due to their disagreement on the abduction issue.
(Xinhua News Agency March 16, 2007)