[아시아경제 전진영 기자] On the 9th, South Korean Ambassador to Japan Yoon Duk-min had an interview with the family of the abductees, including the mother of Megumi Yokota (13 years old at the time of disappearance), a North Korean Japanese abductee victim.
According to the Korean Embassy in Japan, Ambassador Yun invited Megumi Yokota’s mother, Yokota Sakie, and her younger brother, Yokota Takuya, representative of the abduction victim’s family association to have a 30-minute interview at the Embassy’s residence in Tokyo on the morning of the same day.
Ambassador Yoon said, “The abduction issue is a humanitarian issue. There are many abduction victims in Korea. We look forward to working with Japan to solve the problem.”
According to Kyodo News, after the interview, Sakie Yokota said, “Ambassador Yoon said that the abduction issue should be resolved in a good way, and I was relieved.”
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in a regular press conference on the morning of the same day, “I think that Ambassador Yoon’s direct hearing of the abduction victim’s family is of great significance in cooperating with the international community, including both countries, to resolve the abduction issue.”
The Japanese government claims that 17 Japanese people were abducted to North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, and 12 of them remain in North Korea, with the exception of five who returned temporarily after Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit to North Korea in September 2002.
On the other hand, North Korea argues that there is no problem because 8 out of 12 people including Yokota have died, and the other 4 have not come to North Korea at all.
By Jeon Jin-young, staff reporter [email protected]
Source: 아시아경제신문 실시간 속보 by www.asiae.co.kr.
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