Japan seeks Abe-Kim talks
TOKYO: Japan is working to arrange a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong-un after the North Korean leader said he was open to talks, local media reported yesterday.
Sankei Shimbun said Jong-un discussed the possibility during talks on Tuesday with United States President Donald Trump.
“During the summit with Trump, Kim told Trump ‘I can meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’,” the Sankei reported.
Japan wants the talks to push the emotive issue of citizens abducted by the North decades ago, which has seen little movement despite a whirlwind of diplomacy in recent months.
Yesterday, Abe repeated a pledge to push for dialogue with Pyongyang on the issue as he met families of abductees.