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Japan working on setting up Abe-Kim meeting - report

Japanese officials are working on organizing a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, local media reported on Thursday. According to the Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo decided to arrange a meeting after Kim told United States President Donald Trump that he would be willing to hold talks with Abe. Japan is mainly looking to discuss the issue of the abduction of its nationals by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Japan's Foreign Ministry intends to talk about the potential meeting with North Korean officials at an international security conference in Mongolia this week and hopes to arrange for Abe to visit Pyongyang in August, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. Another option would include the two leaders meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September, according to the Japanese daily.

Tokyo refused to confirm the reports, claiming "nothing has been decided," yet. "If a Japan-North Korea summit takes place, it is extremely important that it would lead to a solution of the nuclear, missile, and above all, abduction issues," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga added.

Breaking the News / NP