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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should hold talks on resolving the abduction issue while the U.S. is still actively involved, the mother of abductee Megumi Yokota said.

Sakie Yokota, the 81-year-old mother of Megumi, who was abducted by North Korean agents 40 years ago at the age of 13, said Saturday that Abe should visit Pyongyang to meet with Kim before the United States’ determination to help resolve the issue dwindles.

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