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Abe comments on conversations with ROK, DPRK officials in PyeongChang

Asahi’s website took up remarks made at the Diet this morning by Prime Minister Abe, who disclosed what was discussed during his conversations with top South Korean and North Korean officials on the sidelines of the PyeongChang Olympics opening ceremony last week. Abe reportedly urged ROK President Moon to honor the 2015 bilateral comfort women accord by saying: “I was heavily criticized at home for concluding the pact, but a future-oriented relationship cannot be built unless political leaders make decisions even at the risk of being criticized to some extent.”

 

With regard to his brief conversation with Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, Abe explained that he mentioned such issues as North Korea’s abductions and nuclear and missile development. The premier reportedly called for a settlement of the abduction issue by repatriating all Japanese victims.

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