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“Producing results in abduction issue is a must” to Japan when holding a summit with DPRK

On May 10, the government welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement of holding a U.S.-DPRK summit on June 12 in Singapore.


According to a Japanese government official, Japan had been informed of the date and venue of the summit “before the announcement was made.” The official also noted that “Japan hopes the summit will become a historic meeting that can lead to a comprehensive solution to the issues concerning abductions and nuclear and missile development.”


The government welcomed that a “neutral nation” has been selected as a venue of the summit, according to a senior government official. A senior official with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed: “When Japan holds a summit with the North, we must produce results in the abduction issue. We cannot make a decision on matters including when to hold a Japan-North Korea summit until the U.S.-North Korea summit ends.”

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