Kim Jong-Un to Abe: We need to talk

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, said he was ready to hold dialogue with Japan at any time during the inter-Korean summit that Pyongyang and Seoulsaid on Sunday (April 29).

 

Mr Kim Eui Kyeom, spokesman for South Korean President Moon Jae In, said that Mr Moon had a 45 minute phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to explain and share the result of the April 27 summit with his North Korean counterpart.

 

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Meanwhile, the Japanese government plans to maintain its policy of pressuring North Korea despite expressing a degree of approval of the joint statement signed last Friday by both Moon and Kim.

 

This is because the Japanese government does not regard the Panmunjom Declaration as a tangible step towards the complete abandonment of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles.

 

The Japanese government also plans to gather information as quickly as possible from South Korea about why the declaration and the joint press conference by the two Koreas failed to mention the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.

 

Japanese Family members of nationals abducted by North Korea expressed disappointment about the inter-Korea summit and instead shifted their hopes towards the US-North Korea summit scheduled to be held sometime in June 2018.

 

It is unclear whether Mr Moon and Mr Kim discussed the abduction issue during the summit because the joint statement they made had no mention of it.

 

Following the release of the Panmunjom Declaration, Mr Takuya Yokota, a younger brother of an abductee who was abducted in 1977, and at the time, aged 13, said the inter-Korea summit focused more on presenting a peaceful atmosphere but no abductee issues.

 

Mr Yokota will visit the United States from Monday and meet with US government officials and other abductee relatives to appeal for cooperation in resolving the abduction issue.

 

Reference: Kim Jong Un ready to talk with Abe at ‘any time,’ Blue House reveals after North-South summit

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