Red Army Faction fugitives who hijacked a Japan Airlines jetliner to Pyongyang in 1970 released a statement Wednesday calling on Tokyo to set up talks for their possible return to Japan.

The faxed statement, written by faction leader Takahiro Konishi, 57, in North Korea titled “Our Views on Returning,” follows his Monday interview with Kyodo News in which he said his wife and daughter are set to return to Japan sometime in September along with four other children of the hijacking fugitives.

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