By Michitaka Kaiya
WASHINGTON — Katsuyuki Kawai, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s special diplomatic adviser in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), quoted the prime minister as saying “there is no need to rush” for a summit with North Korea. Kawai made the remark during a speech at a policy research institute in Washington D.C. on April 25.
Kawai met with Abe at the prime minister’s office in early April. Kawai said, “The prime minister said clearly that ‘there is no need to rush for a summit with the North’” during the meeting.
According to Kawai, the prime minister expressed his recognition that there is no change in his policy of maintaining pressure on North Korea to create a situation where the North Korean side will propose dialogue.