SEOUL – The mother of an abducted South Korean man Tokyo believes to be Megumi Yokota’s husband urged Pyongyang on Wednesday to send him home.
Choi Gye Wol, 82, also told a news conference she wants Seoul to try to arrange a meeting with her son, Kim Young Nam.
“Even if I don’t know whether it will come true, I really want to live with him if (Pyongyang) sends him back,” to South Korea, Choi said.
The Japanese government announced Tuesday that the husband of Megumi Yokota, who was kidnapped to North Korea in 1977, is most likely Kim, who was taken in 1978. The announcement was based on the results of DNA analysis conducted on samples taken from Kim’s relatives.
My son “got married to a Japanese woman and gave birth to a granddaughter, so what can I say other than I want to see my son and my granddaughter,” Choi said.
“Young Nam! Please come back to (South) Korea as soon as possible, and live together with your elder brothers and elder sister.”
Kim’s sister, Kim Young Ja, spoke about the emotional turmoil she’s been going through since hearing that her brother might be alive in North Korea.
“What happened yesterday was really like a dream and I feel like I am torn between joy and sorrow now,” she said.
China hits DNA timing
China’s chief delegate to the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs expressed displeasure Wednesday over the timing of Japan’s announcement the previous day of the results of a DNA analysis involving a Japanese citizen abducted by North Korea 29 years ago.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei made the remarks to reporters in Tokyo, where he, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan and other top delegates were trying to restart the stalled six-party talks.
“I don’t think Kim Kye Gwan feels good about it either,” Wu said, adding the Japanese government could have delayed the announcement.