Abductee Families Express Concerns over Death of Kim Jong Nam (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—Families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea voiced concerns over media reports that Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been assassinated in Malaysia.

"It would be terrifying if Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination," said Ichikawa Ken'ichi, whose brother, Shūichi, was kidnapped to North Korea at age 23. "But we will not give up rescuing abduction victims," he stressed.

"The only way to resolve the abduction issue is to hold a summit meeting" between Japanese and North Korean leaders, Ichikawa, 71, said, expressing hopes that the Japanese government will make full efforts to have the victims return home.

"I've heard that (Kim Jong Nam) moved from area to area without bodyguards," said Matsumoto Hajime, 70, elder brother of abductee Matsumoto Kyōko, who went missing at age 29.

Matsumoto said that he "has no idea at the moment" about an impact of the reported assassination on the abduction issue.

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