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Japan PM Abe: ‘All options on the table’ with N Korea

Shigeo Iizuka, whose sister was abducted by North Korea and brought to that country 39 years ago, has thanked President Donald Trump for listening to him and other relatives of abductees, and expressed hope that the meeting would lead to a breakthrough on the issue.

Iizuka, who is 79, and relatives of seven other abductees met Monday with Trump and sought his help in bringing their loved ones home.

Iizuka’s sister, Yaeko Taguchi, disappeared in 1978 at the age of 22, leaving behind two small children.North Korea in 2002 acknowledged for the first time abducting 13 Japanese citizens, saying eight of them had died, without providing proof. The North allowed five others to visit Japan later that year and they stayed.

As critics point out, support for “all options” including an attack on North Korea puts Abe in spiritual rebellion to the nation’s constitution, which mandates that “the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes”.

Obviously, “all options are on the table” is precisely the sort of threat of the use of force that Japan’s post-World War II constitution explicitly bans.

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