March 20, 2023

Trump meets with families of Japanese abductees

Meeting comes as Prime Minister Abe promises new unilateral sanctions against DPRK

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday met with the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, on the second day of his first visit to Japan and following meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The families, who visited Trump at the State Guesthouse of Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, included Sakie Yokota, the mother of abductee Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped by North Korean agents in 1977, as well as Shigeo Iizuka, the head of a group of abductees' families, and former abductee Hitomi Soga, who returned to Japan in 2002 in the wake of a visit to Pyongyang by then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.