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Japan’s Kono pins hopes on Trump-Kim summit

  • February 26, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 9:31 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press) — Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed hopes on Tuesday that the upcoming second meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will produce fruit toward resolving Pyongyang-linked issues of grave significance to Japan.

The Japanese government hopes to see developments in the two-day U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi from Wednesday toward “complete, verifiable and irreversible” elimination of all missiles and weapons of mass destruction in North Korea and the resolution of the issue of Pyongyang’s abduction of Japanese nationals, Kono told a press conference.

Meanwhile, he reiterated the government’s opposition to any move to relax U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea before the country implements concrete denuclearization measures.

At a separate news conference on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga rejected criticism that the government is relying on the United States to resolve the abduction issue.

Commenting on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s request for Trump to raise the issue at the meeting with Kim, Suga said Abe’s move “does not mean leaving negotiations to Trump” to bring abductees back home.

“It’s a matter of course that our country makes own efforts while cooperating with the international community,” the top government spokesman stressed.

Abe has repeatedly expressed his readiness to confront Kim, Suga added.

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