Japan seeks Abe-Kim talks

New Straits Times - - NEWS / REGION -

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.

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