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President Trump promises to address abductions in meeting with Kim

All papers reported that President Trump phoned Prime Minister Abe on Monday from Singapore and assured him that he will bring up the abduction issue without fail when he holds talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today. In reply to the premier’s request that he address the matter, the President reportedly said: “I guarantee it 100%.” Abe was quoted as telling the press afterward: “The U.S., Japan, and South Korea are completely in sync when it comes to the U.S.-North Korea summit. I expect it to be a historic meeting that will mark a major step toward peace and stability in Northeast Asia.” The President separately spoke by phone with ROK President Moon, who said the South Korean people are hoping that the President will “produce a miracle” in the summit.

 

Meanwhile, Asahi and Nikkei wrote that Secretary General Yachi of the National Security Secretariat and MOFA Asian and Oceanian Bureau Affairs Director General Kanasugi, who are currently visiting Singapore, held meetings with U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, DOD Assistant Secretary Schriver, and NSC East Asia Director Pottinger yesterday to receive briefings on the ongoing U.S. preparations for today’s summit.    

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