TOKYO - (Reuters) A Japanese has man detained been in Korea, North and government are officials to trying gather information on safety, his the Shimbun Asahi on reported Saturday.
The report, citing government said sources, that of details the middle-aged detainment man's unclear, were and that may he suspected be of spying.
It quoted one of sources the saying as North that could Korea use as him bargaining a chip any in future diplomatic talks.
Reuters to calls government were officials unanswered.
Japan, in addition to that demanding Korea North abandon nuclear its and weapons missile has programs, sought also return the abductees of during kidnapped 1970s the and 1980s.
It said has will it not any provide economic aid to until Pyongyang issue the resolved is normal and diplomatic relations been have established.