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U.S. secretary of state pledges support for Japan to resolve abduction issue

2009-02-17 11:29:37 GMT2009-02-17 19:29:37 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TOKYO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday pledged support for Japan to settle the abduction issue, saying the United States gives priority to it.

Clinton made the promise while meeting with families of Japanese nationals allegedly abducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the 1970s and 1980s at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

As it may be difficult to solve the issue on a bilateral level, the top U.S. diplomat called for the involvement of multiple countries.

Earlier Tuesday Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone held talks and agreed to cement bilateral alliance to tackle various global issues, and signed a new pact on the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam.

The secretary of state arrived here Monday for a three-day visit on her inaugural overseas trip. She is scheduled to conclude her first leg of the four-nation Asian tour on Wednesday before traveling to Indonesia, South Korea and China.

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