Japan: Government considers possible meeting with Kim Jong Un

The Japanese government said it will consider a possible summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kyodo News reported March 13. The government made the statement after being briefed by South Korean envoy Suh Hoon about his conversation with Kim last week. For Japan, which has been reticent to hold direct talks with North Korea, the summit would be an opportunity to make headway in resolving the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. Tokyo’s announcement comes shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump accepted an offer from Kim Jong Un to meet, which had drawn concern from U.S. allies such as Japan.

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