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Japan abductee' kin: DPRK sanctions a failure

2012-10-15 08:04:43 GMT2012-10-15 16:04:43(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Toru Hasuike, brother of a Japanese abductee repatriated to Japan from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 2002, has urged the government to pursue policies other than economic sanctions, before the 10th anniversary Monday of the five abductees' return home.

In an interview with Kyodo News earlier this month, the 57-year-old brother of Kaoru Hasuike, 55, who was abducted to DPRK in 1978 and returned to Japan on Oct. 15, 2002, said Tokyo's sanctions on Pyongyang over DPRk's abduction of Japanese nationals as well as its nuclear and missile programs, are a "failure."

"The government has kept (the punitive measure), knowing that it will not help solve the abduction issue," the older Hasuike said. "For our country, which does not have an option to use force, (imposing sanctions) is tantamount to playing its last card."

 

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