Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

January 31st, 2015  
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Topic: Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said. Japanese journalist Kenji Goto was also being held by the militants. "The situation is deadlocked," Japan's deputy foreign minister, Yasuhide Nakayama, said in Jordon late on Friday according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in Tokyo on Saturday that the situation was unpredictable and that anything could happen, NHK reported.


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