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Abe raised issues with N. Korea’s No. 2

Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he has told North Korea’s second-highest-ranking official about Japan’s position on the reclusive country’s abductions of Japanese nationals and its nuclear and missile development programs.

Abe said that he took up these issues and explained Japan’s views to Kim Young Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, during a reception for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea on Friday.

“In particular, I urged him, strongly and directly, to solve the abduction issue, including the return home of all abductees,” Abe said at a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting, which also brought together related ministers.

Regarding his talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In in Pyeongchang on Friday, Abe said he reiterated Japan’s request on the South Korean government to implement the 2015 bilateral accord to “finally and irreversibly” resolve the issue of so-called former comfort women in South Korea.

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