Japan Changes Stance to Seek Summit with N. Korea Unconditionally

Politics

Tokyo, May 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government appears to have changed its stance to seek to have a summit with North Korea without preconditions, due to concerns that the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea could be neglected.

Among the five countries participating in the six-party framework for talks with North Korea, only Japan has not yet had a summit with North Korea under young leader Kim Jong Un.

Tokyo had demanded progress on the abduction issue as a precondition for holding a summit with North Korea.

But during telephone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday night, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his readiness to meet Kim unconditionally now.

"We'll tackle the issue with a resolve not to miss any chances," Abe told reporters following the talks with Trump.

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