Abe continues to call on Jordan for hostage release
1:06am EST - 01:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to call on Jordan to cooperate in the release of a Japanese captive. Julie Noce reports.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemns the latest IS video of a Japanese hostage and continues to call on the Jordanian governemnt to help secure the his release.
(SOUNDBITE)(Japanese) PRIME MINISTER, SHINZO ABE, SAYING:
"Images of Kenji Goto holding a photograph of the Jordanian pilot were put out on Twitter last night. I feel extreme anger at this despicable act."
The latest IS video warns the Japanese government to complete a prisoner exchange in order to save the lives of the Japanese journalist- and a Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh who is also being held hostage.
The voice on the video says Japan has 24 hours to secure the release of would-be suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi, who is on death row in Jordan -- or else Goto and the pilot will be killed.
The video has not been authenticated by Reuters.
And in Jordan, family and friends of the Jordanian hostage gathered to pressure the Jordanian government to comply with IS demands.
His plane went down in an IS stronghold last December.
Jordan is one of several Arab countries taking part in a U.S.-led coalition to strike the hardline group which announced an Islamic caliphate in large parts of Syria.
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