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Suga expresses wish for summit with N. Korea

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan hopes to hold a summit with North Korea to resolve the issue of the country’s abductions of Japanese nationals, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

“We hope that a Japan-North Korea summit will be realized in a way that will lead to the resolution of the abduction issue,” Suga told a press conference.

The government will take steps to initiate direct negotiations with North Korea, officials said. The Foreign Ministry will send a senior official of its Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau to a two-day international meeting in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar from Thursday to approach a North Korean participant.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump took up the abduction issue in his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. In their joint agreement, Kim pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

“It’s true that the extremely severe security situation facing Japan has been eased,” Suga said, broadly welcoming the outcome of the summit.

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