On Friday, President Donald Trump received heavy praise for part of his United Nations speech.
The mother of a Japanese girl abducted by North Korea was extremely thankful that the U.S. commander in chief mentioned her in his U.N. speech, hoping it could be a chance for a breakthrough.
Megumi Yokota was abducted on her way home from school after badminton practice in 1977. She was 13 and has become a symbol of Japan’s movement to resolve the abduction issue.
Her mother, Sakie Yokota, told reporters Wednesday, “I was really surprised, but it was great, and I’m thankful to (Trump) for bringing up the issue and putting it into words in front of those representatives from around the world.”
North Korea acknowledged in 2002 that its agents abducted Japanese citizens to train spies in the 1970s and 1980s. It says Megumi died, but Tokyo disputes that.
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