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Suga pledges “not to miss any opportunity” to resolve abduction issue

Sankei reported on Sunday on an international symposium on the abduction issue hosted by the government in Tokyo on Saturday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga was quoted as saying that as the abduction issue is approaching a critical stage, the government “will not miss any opportunity” to work for the return of all abduction victims, with a possible second U.S.-DPRK summit in mind. Suga reportedly said Japan hopes its cooperation with the U.S. will help to make North Korea realize that no economic aid or normalization of diplomatic ties is possible without resolving the abduction issue. At the symposium, the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died after returning home from prolonged detention in the DPRK, voiced his solidarity with the families of the Japanese abductees, and the brother of David Sneddon, who disappeared in China in 2004, pledged to help work for the repatriation of all abductees.

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