INTERVIEW: Suga Believes Japan-N. Korea Abduction Talks to Be Held

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is confident that North Korea will eventually come to the negotiation table over the issue of abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korean spies decades ago, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in an interview with Jiji Press on Tuesday.

"We've clarified our readiness to provide North Korea with economic assistance after comprehensively resolving the nuclear, missile and abduction issues and normalizing diplomatic relations," Suga said.

"We're trying to inform Pyongyang of this stance through various channels," he noted, referring to a brief conversation Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono had with his North Korean counterpart, Ri Yong Ho, in Singapore Friday night.

"As our position is clear, North Korea will certainly lean toward talks," the top government spokesman said. "It's important for us not to hurry but to steadily assert our position."

But he declined to specify when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the issue.

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