Ambassador Shinsuke J. Sugiyama recently wrote an Op-Ed in The Hill about the importance of addressing human rights issues alongside progress towards denuclearization in North Korea. "The world wants to know whether Kim Jong Un’s change in attitude is real. The American, Japanese and South Korean people have seen North Korea make promises before, including to three previous U.S. presidents, only to break those commitments. There is only one way North Korea can demonstrate sincerity in the lead-up to the talks with President Trump: Release the abductees."
North Korea has abducted hundreds of people from across Asia and around the world, and now it is time for them to be returned to their homes. Following commitments made by President Trump to press for the return of abductees during his recent summit in Mar-a-Lago with Prime Minister Abe, family members of the abducted Japanese citizens visited Washington, DC to raise awareness of this key issue. Hear more from the families of the abductees in this article in the Washington Post.