Japan Mulling Possibility of Summit Talks with North Korea


Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government has started considering whether it is possible to arrange talks between Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Japanese government officials said Wednesday.

Abe is expected to make a careful judgment on the matter, after examining the likelihood of North Korea taking specific actions toward denuclearization.

Talks between Abe and Kim would be the first Japan-North Korea summit since then Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichirō visited the reclusive state in May 2004 to meet Kim Jong Il, the father of its current leader. The Koizumi-Kim meeting followed one in September 2002.

"We'll consider how we should respond from the perspective of our policy of taking the most effective action in order to bring about a comprehensive resolution of the abduction, nuclear and missile issues," Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told a press conference.

Speaking to reporters in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Kishida Fumio, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council, said it must not be forgotten that resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago is an important task.

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