Trump Meets Former Japanese Abductee to North Korea (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—Visiting US President Donald Trump on Monday met with a Japanese citizen who was once abducted to North Korea and families of other Japanese abductees in the reclusive country.

During the meeting at the Akasaka Palace state guesthouse in Tokyo, Trump stressed that his administration will work with Japan to resolve the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago as well as its nuclear and missile development programs.

Trump said he will work closely with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō to resolve the abduction issue, according to participants to the meeting.

The 58-year-old former abductee, Soga Hitomi, returned to Japan in 2002. But her mother, Miyoshi, who was kidnapped with her by North Korean agents at the age of 46 in 1978, has yet to return.

Showing a photo of Miyoshi during the meeting, Soga told Trump that her mother has not been in Japan for 39 years. She said she wants to see her mother smiling like in the photo soon. Trump became the first US president to meet with a former Japanese abductee.

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