NoKor won’t talk about Japanese and SoKor abductees

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, has ordered government agencies not to negotiate on the issue of Japanese abductees and issued a direct order not to take up, hold dialogue, or negotiate over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents in the past decades.


Choi Sung-Yong, the head of a group supporting the families of the abductees, said he obtained the information from a source in Pyongyang late last year.


If the source’s information is true, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and the leader of North Korea should talk about the issue and try to resolve it through peaceful dialogue and diplomacy.


Abe has already asked South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, to raise the abduction issue at his April 27 meeting with Kim. Abe, who set to visit the U.S. on April 17, also plans to make the same request to U.S. President Donald Trump, who is also expected to hold a meeting with Kim before the end of May.


The Japanese government is also exploring a possible meeting between the leaders of both Japan and North Korea although Moon and Kim are unlikely to talk about issues related to both Japanese and South Korean abductees.
It is estimated that up to 500 South Koreans are believed to have been kidnapped by North Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.


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Seoul has been handling the issue of South Korean abductees within the framework of Korean families torn apart by the war, because it thinks that the matter is inconvenient for Pyongyang.


Choi said that South Korean abductees are not members of families separated by war but by peace and said that Moon should formally present the issue as abductions and aim to resolve it by bringing home surviving victims – especially the ones with families who haven’t seen them in decades.


Reference: North Korea’s Kim issued ‘special instruction’ to ban negotiations on Japanese abductees: source


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