Japan to Make "Fresh Start" to Resolve Abduction Issue: Suga

Politics

New York, May 10 (Jiji Press)--Japan will make a "fresh start" to resolve the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals, visiting Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday.

At a symposium on the issue, held at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Suga touched upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to seek a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without conditions.

"We will break the shell of mutual distrust and make a fresh start," Suga said. "We are at a critical moment."

Previously, Abe said he will not meet Kim unless such a meeting contributes to the resolution of the abduction issue.

The abductions are "a critical issue related to our sovereignty and the lives of our nationals," Suga said. "We will act boldly, not missing any chances, to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

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