Japan: Foreign Minister will ask South Korea to Broach Japanese Abductions with North Korean Leader

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae In, ahead of Moon’s April 27 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japan Times reported April 3. Kono is expected to ask Moon to raise the topic of North Korea’s abduction of 17 Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s and to request information regarding the status of the remaining abductees during his meeting with Kim. Tokyo is looking for ways to insert itself in any U.S. and South Korean dialogue with Pyongyang, in furtherance of its own regional interests.


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