Abe to Attend Pyeongchang Olympic Opening Ceremony (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Wednesday showed his willingness to attend the February 9 opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, reversing his initial intention to skip the event.

"I want to attend the Pyeongchang Olympics' opening ceremony when conditions permit," Abe told reporters at his office.

Also expressing his wish to hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his stay in the country, Abe said, "I want to surely convey Japan's position on the bilateral agreement with South Korea" on the issue of so-called comfort women.

Abe said he also wants to stress the necessity of three-way cooperation among Japan, South Korea and the United States in responding to the threat from North Korea and the need to continue applying maximum pressure on the reclusive state.

Noting that Japan will also host Olympic and Paralympic Games, in summer 2020 in Tokyo, Abe stressed the significance of attending the Pyeongchang Games, another Olympics in Asia, to give encouragement to athletes.

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