TOKYO – Families of Japanese who were abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s have thanked President Donald Trump for his sympathy and for meeting with them while visiting Japan.
Trump, on a four-day state visit, met the relatives on Monday. He appeared to listen intently to their accounts of their ordeals.
Shigeo Iizuka, whose sister was abducted in the 1970s, asked Trump for his cooperation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to get North Korea to return the victims.
Sakie Yokota, whose daughter was abducted in 1977, said Trump gave the families hope for a breakthrough.
Many elderly relatives say they’re running out of time to see their loved ones.
Trump said he supports Abe’s intent to meet with North Korea’s leader to resolve the issue.