Sakie Yokota, the mother of Megumi Yokota — who was abducted by North Korea as a teenager — on Wednesday hailed U.S. President Donald Trump's criticism of Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.

"It was great that (the president) made mention of the reality of the situation of North Korea's human rights violations," the 81-year-old mother said after the speech.

"Abduction is a horrible act that can ruin people's lives," she said. "Many people may have thought 'Is it really true?' People all over the world should know about the abduction issue."