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Gist of Abe-Moon teleconference, April 24

Japan-DPRK relations, abduction issue

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: If the inter-Korean and U.S.-DPRK summits end successfully, it will naturally be possible to hold Japan-DPRK dialogue. If the nuclear, missile, and abduction issues can be resolved, it will be possible to settle historical issues and normalize diplomatic relations based on the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration.

 

President Moon Jae-in: I have brought up the abduction issue with North Korea at every available opportunity. I will convey the Prime Minister’s position at the North-South summit. I am planning to tell Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un that resolving the abduction issue will contribute to building peace in Northeast Asia. I will brief you by phone later on the outcome of the summit.

 

Denuclearization

 

Abe: It is necessary to draw concrete actions from North Korea toward denuclearization. Maximum pressure must be maintained.

 

Moon: Japan and the ROK agree that pressure should continue until North Korea takes concrete actions.

 

Ending the Korean War

 

Moon: This is not an issue that can be resolved simply through North-South dialogue. We cannot succeed unless talks are held between North and South Korea and the U.S. We will continue to cooperate closely with the U.S. and consult with the Prime Minister.

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