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North Korea calls PM Abe’s proposal for unconditional meeting with Kim “insolent”

NHK reported this morning that North Korea issued a statement on relations with Japan through its state-run media on Sunday evening. The statement criticized Prime Minister Abe by name, claiming that his proposal to hold a summit meeting with its leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions is insolent since Japan continues to maintain a hostile policy toward the DPRK. The statement reiterated that Japan needs to “make a decision to atone for all its past sins and start a new page in history.” TV Asahi carried a similar report, citing Kyodo as saying that this was the first time North Korea has reacted to Abe’s proposal.

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