Trump Vows to Raise Abduction Issue at Summit with N. Korea

Politics

Palm Beach, Florida, April 17 (Jiji Press)--U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to bring up the issue of Pyongyang's abduction of Japanese nationals during a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump made the promise in response to a request from visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their one-on-one meeting accompanied only by their interpreters, which lasted nearly an hour. Senior Japanese and U.S. government officials later joined the two leaders to hold talks for another hour and 10 minutes.

After the one-on-one session, Abe told reporters that Trump clearly promised to raise the abduction issue during the U.S.-North Korea summit.

"I expect that the planned summit will be a historic one that marks progress toward the resolution of the nuclear, missile and abduction issues," Abe also said.

"We will bring up (the issue of) the abductees, we'll bring up many different things," Trump told Abe. "It's time for solving problems."

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