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ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Jerusalem on January 20, 2015, demanding that the Islamic State group immediately free two Japanese hostages unharmed after the jihadists posted a video threat to kill them. The Islamic State group threatened to kill the two Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom within 72 hours to compensate for non-military aid that Abe pledged to support the campaign against IS during an ongoing Middle East. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

ISIS has threatened to kill two Japanese citizens unless Tokyo hands over $200 million within 72 hours.

In a video posted online Tuesday, a masked man clad in black and holding a knife stands over two kneeling men in orange jumpsuits in a barren landscape.

The masked man links the threat against the two men’s lives to Japan’s support for the U.S.-led coalition that’s fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe reacted in a news conference in Jerusalem.

He said the international community needs to “deal with terrorists without giving into them.”

But he stopped short of explicitly ruling out the payment of a ransom or negotiations with the captors.