Remarks Following His Meeting with Minister for the Abduction Issue Kenji Yamaoka
Special Representative for North Korea Policy
I had a very good conversation with the Minister. He explained to me in great depth the concerns of the Government of Japan and of the families of the abductees, and I was able to give him a bit of a report from my meeting with the abductee families yesterday. And I pledged to him that, going forward, the United States would continue to do everything that it can to ensure that this issue remains on the agenda. And as I told him, we can sum up our attitude in the very simple phrase: that “we will never forget.” So that was really the meeting. It was a great initial meeting, and I look forward to coming back to Tokyo at a very early moment. So thank you very much.