Abe Informed by Moon of N. Korea's Readiness for Talks


New York, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that North Korea is ready for talks with Japan.

In their 50-minute meeting at a New York hotel, Abe and Moon agreed to cooperate in realizing a Japan-North Korea summit, denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and resolving the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, Japanese government officials with access to the meeting said.

According to the Blue House in Seoul, Moon informed Abe that during the latest inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un showed his readiness to have dialogue with Japan at an appropriate time to find ways to improve bilateral relations.

According to the Japanese officials, Moon made it clear to Abe that he took up the abduction issue at the Pyongyang meeting and that he faithfully transmitted Abe's message to Kim and received an answer. In reply, Abe conveyed his appreciation to the president while exhibiting his eagerness to meet with Kim.

Elsewhere in the Japan-South Korea summit, the two leaders underlined the importance of close coordination among Tokyo, Seoul and Washington toward an envisaged second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim.

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