Door open for Abe-Kim sum­mit:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


Ja­pan’s top gov­ern­ment spokesman left the door open on Wed­nes­day to a pos­si­ble sum­mit be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un to dis­cuss the mat­ter of Ja­panese cit­i­zens kid­napped by Py­ongyang’s agents decades ago.

Abe, who has made the ab­ductees is­sue a key­stone of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer, will meet US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump next month in Wash­ing­ton ahead of a pro­posed sum­mit be­tween the US leader and Py­ongyang’s Kim, which would fol­low a planned April meet­ing be­tween Kim and South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in.

Wor­ries have sur­faced in Tokyo that Ja­pan’s in­ter­ests, in­clud­ing the ab­ductees’ fate, may be side­lined by re­cent moves to re­solve the cri­sis over North Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grammes.

“It is im­por­tant to har­monise poli­cies closely among Ja­pan, the United States and South Korea ahead of the North-South sum­mit and the US-North Korea sum­mit,” Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga told a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence. (RTRS)

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