By Riyaz ul Khaliq
Japan is hopeful that U.S. President Donald Trump will help it in settling the abduction issue with North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that he will coordinate with Trump on efforts to settle the issue of abductions of Japanese people by North Korea, the Mainichi newspaper reported.
“I want to closely coordinate our policies [with Trump] to resolve the issues of North Korea's nuclear, missile and, most importantly, abduction,” the daily quoted Abe as saying in his address to Japanese parliamentary committee.
“The Abe administration will decisively take action not to miss out any opportunity,” he added.
Tokyo officially considers 17 Japanese people were abducted by
“Five of the 17 returned home in 2002, but Pyongyang maintains that eight died and the other four were never in the country.”
Tokyo and Pyongyang do not share normal diplomatic relations as a result of the alleged abductions.
Koreas were a colony of Japan until the late 1940s when the Korean peninsula declared independence but was divided.
The statement by Japanese premier comes a day after he met with family members of Japanese abduction victims.
Abe and Trump are scheduled to speak over
U.S. president raised the abduction issue with Kim for the first time in Singapore last June, according to the Japanese daily.
Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet for
Trump usually brags about his “relationship” with Kim saying “we fell in love”.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.