Abductee's Brother Hopes For Development

Abductee's brother hopes for development

The brother of a Japanese national abducted and taken to North Korea over four decades ago says he hopes the second US-North Korea summit will produce something that will lead to a solution of the issue.

Kenichi Ichikawa spoke to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jon Un in Hanoi.

More than 40 years have passed since Ichikawa's younger brother, Shuichi, was abducted.

He said he doesn't believe the abduction issue will be solved right away. But he added he hopes that if progress is made on Pyongyang's denuclearization, it may be followed by a Japan-North Korea summit.

Ichikawa said Japan must take advantage of the current opportunity and that he wants Trump to convey Japan's wish to Kim.

He said more than 40 years after his brother's abduction, no progress has been made. He added that he hopes the US-North Korea summit will yield some clue as to how to solve the problem.

Ichikawa said he can only wait for a breakthrough to come someday. He also said he will continue to work towards an opportunity to solve the issue as long as his physical strength remains.