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Japanese lawmaker briefed by USG officials on President Trump’s reference to abductions

Asahi wrote that LDP lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs a bipartisan parliamentary group on the abductions, told the group on Wednesday that he was told by USG officials earlier this month that President Trump brought up the abduction issue a total of three times during his two summits with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un. The paper noted that Furuya held talks with National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Pottinger and other USG officials in early May. The paper quoted Furuya as reportedly telling the group: “Senior Director Pottinger told me that Kim tried to change the subject [when the President referred to the issue the first time], but it was difficult for him to do so the second and third time.” The paper wrote that according to a GOJ source, President Trump brought up the abduction issue during his first summit with Chairman Kim in June 2018 and referred to it twice at their second summit held in February this year.

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