Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that his country will ease some of the unilateral sanctions imposed on North Korea.
The prime minister, who gave no details on the sanctions to be lifted, made the announcement after the regime of Kim Jong-un accepted to investigate the kidnappings of Japanese citizens in North Korea decades ago.
A Korean-flagged fishing ship is stranded in Antarctica with 90 passengers aboard.
Chile`s Navy yesterday said that the Kwang Ja Ho struck the ocean floor about 1,500 feet (450 metres) from the coast while cruising through Antarctic waters.
Rivals North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to restart their troubled joint industrial park after a series of talks on the fate of the last symbol of economic cooperation, raising hopes of possible improvement in political ties.