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Abe discusses Japan-U.S. summit in April, U.S.-DPRK summit, DPRK ties, U.S. Forces Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe revealed on a Yomiuri TV program on June 16 that during his summit meeting with President Donald Trump in April he asked the president to put down the outcome of the U.S.-DPRK summit in a document signed by the two leaders.


Abe pointed out during the program that “both the 1994 U.S.-DPRK Framework Agreement and the 2005 nuclear agreement were not signed by the U.S. and North Korean leaders.” He said he told the President that “there should be a document signed by you and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un. This will have great significance.”


Regarding the criticism that the U.S.-DPRK joint statement did not include complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID), Abe said: “I also thought this should be included,” but he hailed the summit for “building the foundation for denuclearization.”


On direct economic aid to North Korea, Abe made clear “this would not be provided until the abduction issue is resolved.”


Commenting on former House of Representatives Speaker Yohei Kono’s recent remark that the normalization of diplomatic relations and providing postwar reparations should have priority over the abduction issue, Abe stated: “He is doing North Korea a great service. Such statements weaken our negotiating position. He is a veteran politician, but this is truly regrettable.”


With regard to President Trump’s mention of suspending the joint U.S.-ROK military exercises, he termed this a “gesture of goodwill for confidence building,” indicating that it is important for North Korea to take prompt action toward denuclearization. He stressed that “this does not mean the reduction of U.S. Forces Korea. Joint Japan-U.S. exercises will also take place as usual.” (Abridged)

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