Jenkins: DPRK targeted Soga
Shigefumi Takasuka Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
Charles Jenkins, a U.S. Army deserter to North Korea and husband of Hitomi Soga, a repatriated Japanese abductee, said Thursday that North Korean agents targeted Soga and waited a month to get a chance to kidnap her.
"I was told by a female North Korean agent in 1980 that North Korean agents waited for her for one month," Jenkins said during an interview with The Daily Yomiuri at a hotel in Sado, Niigata Prefecture.Jenkins said that the North Koreans said they wanted teachers of Japanese language and customs.
Jenkins also said he saw in Pyongyang many Europeans who could have been abducted by North Korean agents because they were in cars that bore number plates of a North Korean spy organization and were always escorted by North Korean officials.
"But I can't prove that," he said. "I couldn't talk to them. If I talked to them, I'd be in trouble."Asked if he believed that many of the Japanese abductees who remain missing are still alive in North Korea, Jenkins said: " I think some still alive. But the reason North Korea didn't admit it is because they married North Koreans, maybe."
Many abductees would like to go back to their home countries, though they are concerned about whether they would be able to make a living there, Jenkins said.Feb. 3, 2006)
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