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Trump repeatedly took up abduction issue with Kim

Washington, May 3 (Jiji Press) – U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly took up the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February, a senior U.S. official said Friday.

Matt Pottinger, senior director for Asia at the National Security Council, revealed this at a meeting in Washington with family members of abduction victims.

Pottinger pledged U.S. support for efforts to resolve the decades-old abduction issue.

According to Japanese House of Representatives lawmaker Keiji Furuya, Pottinger explained that at the bilateral summit, Trump referred to the abduction issue repeatedly although Kim tried to change the subject of their talks.

Furuya, who chairs a group of lawmakers working on the abduction issue, joined the meeting between Pottinger and the abductee family members.

Takuya Yokota, a younger brother of Megumi, who was spirited away at age 13 in 1977, asked the United States to help the immediate resolution of the abduction issue. Noting that his 86-year-old father, Shigeru, is in hospital, Takuya said his family is running out of time.

After the meeting, Takuya told reporters, “We learned that we and the United States are on the same wavelength, and this is a significant result.”

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