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Seminar on the North Korean Abductions Issue

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Hudson Institute, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), and the Government of Japan hosted a seminar addressing the abduction of Japanese, South Korean, American and nationals of other countries by North Korea. This two-part seminar featured families of abductees who discussed the process of seeking to learn the fate of loved ones held in North Korea. The seminar also explored international cooperation toward the comprehensive resolution of outstanding issues of concern such as abductions, nuclear, and missile issues.

For part one, speakers from Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, including abductee family members, talked about their agony. For part two, Japanese and U.S. officials gave remarks regarding their work on the abductions issue and included a question and answer session with the audience.

Speakers

Nick Eberstadt Moderator

Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, AEI

Keiji Furuya

Chairman, Committee of Congressional Members to Act for the Early Rescue of Japanese Victims Abducted by North Korea

Koichiro Iizuka

Vice Secretary-General, Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea

Hwang Incheol

Leader, Association for Family Members of the 1969 KAL Kidnapping Victims

Melanie Kirkpatrick

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Lewis Libby Moderator

Senior Vice President, Hudson Institute

Akira Sato

State Minister of Cabinet Office, the Government of Japan

Greg Scarlatoiu

Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Michael Sneddon

Brother of David Sneddon who was abducted by North Korea in 2004

Cindy Warmbier

Mother of Otto Warmbier who was tortured & imprisoned in North Korea

Ken Weinstein

President and CEO, Hudson Institute

Takuya Yokota

Secretary-General, Association of Families of Victims Kidnapped by North Korea

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