During the Singapore summit, President Trump made sure to bring up an issue that has been plaguing American ally Japan at least since the 1970s.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when he learned that Trump had addressed the issue with Kim Jong Un, had nothing but positive things to say about the White House and Trump.
The problem is that North Korea has allegedly been abducting Japanese citizens who have somehow mysteriously died or disappeared, or are simply unaccounted for, since the 1970s. According to Fox News, North Korea says that some of those persons were listed as dead, missing or had never been in North Korea.
But Trump made sure to address the issue with Kim and brought up the issue of denuclearization of North Korea, which Prime Minister Abe called it a step toward a “comprehensive resolution.”
“I highly praise and appreciate President Trump for mentioning the issue of abduction (of Japanese by North Korea) to Kim, which is an important issue for Japan,” said Abe.
“I’m determined that Japan will have to directly face North Korea and resolve (the abduction issue) bilaterally,” he added.
The abductions began in the 1970s and 1980s. Tokyo officially listed 17 citizens as victims of the North Korean abductions, according to the South China Morning Post. Five of them were repatriated, eight had died and four others never entered the country.
Of the issue, Trump said at a news conference following the summit, “I brought it up, absolutely, and they are going to be working on that.”
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