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Source:   —  September 20, 2017, at 5:28 AM

N. Common Gathering speech and hopes it could be a chance for a breakthrough. Megumi Yokota was abducted on her way residence from school after badminton practice in November one thousand nine hundred seventy-seven.

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TOKYO -- The mother of a Japanese girl abducted by N Korea is thankful President Donald Trump mentioned her in his U. N. Common Gathering speech and hopes it could be a chance for a breakthrough.

Megumi Yokota was abducted on her way residence from school after badminton practice in November one thousand nine hundred seventy-seven. Japan'south government recognizes seventeen of its citizens as abductees by N Korea, and Megumi, who was just thirteen at the time, has become a symbol of a national movement to resolve the abduction issue.

"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," her mother, Sakie Yokota, told reporters Wednesday. "Every word on the issue is a chance. I believe (Trump'south words) had a profound significance to the issue."

Trump listed several accusations against N Korea in his speech Tuesday, saying in reference to Megumi, "we know it kidnapped a sweet 13-year-old Japanese girl from a shore in her own country to enslave her as a speech tutor for N Korea's spies."

N Korea, after years of denial, acknowledged in two thousand-second that its agents had abducted Japanese citizens to train spies in the one thousand nine hundred seventy and one thousand nine hundred eighty and eventually returned five of them. It said Megumi died and says others never entered N Korea, but Japan disputes that and is seeking further investigation.

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