Abe, Trump Affirm Cooperation on Abduction Issue

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed bilateral cooperation on North Korean issues in phone talks Wednesday night, ahead of the second U.S.-North Korea summit next week.

The issues include abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea and the communist country's nuclear and missile development programs, Abe told reporters.

In the phone talks, Abe said he met with families of abduction victims Tuesday. He asked Trump to convey Japan's view on the abduction issue directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when they meet in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi for two days from Feb. 27.

Trump replied he understands well how important the abduction issue is to Abe, adding that Trump will also put an emphasis on the issue, according to Abe.

The prime minister is believed to have received explanations from Trump about progress in negotiations between the United States and North Korea. The two leaders also adjusted views on the approach to the negotiations.

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