Abe Vows to Build New Japan-N. Korea Relations


Hiroshima, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday reiterated his determination to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to build new bilateral relations.

"In the end, I must hold dialogue with Kim and resolve the issues of nuclear, missile and, most importantly, North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals, in order to build a new bilateral relationship," Abe told a news conference.

He made the remark after referring to a brief conversation between the Japanese and North Korean foreign ministers in Singapore on Friday.

Japan hopes that North Korea's complete denuclearization agreed at a U.S.-North Korea summit in June "will be implemented completely and promptly," Abe said in Hiroshima, where he attended a memorial ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city in the closing days of World War II.

"Japan needs to take the initiative to resolve the nuclear, missile and abduction issues through cooperation with the international community," he added.

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