Abe to Hold Phone Talks with Trump on North Korea


Tokyo, Feb. 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold a telephone conference with U.S. President Donald Trump shortly to coordinate policies on North Korea ahead of a second summit between Washington and Pyongyang, informed sources said Wednesday.

"It may be difficult to hold a (face-to-face Japan-U.S.) summit, but I want to coordinate policies closely over the phone on North Korea's nuclear, missile and abduction issues," Abe told a parliamentary meeting.

Abe's remarks were made after Trump unveiled plans on Tuesday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28.

Abe plans to tell Trump of the importance of having North Korea present detailed measures to abandon its nuclear and missile development, the sources said.

The Japanese leader also plans to ask the U.S. president to bring up the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens at the Trump-Kim summit again, the sources said.

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