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Japan proposes to meet North Korea’ Kim Jong-un ‘unconditionally’ for nuclear talks

Japan PM Shinzo Abe

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has again on Thursday proposed to meet and have open mind talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “unconditionally” in order to “break the shell of mutual distrust”.

Shinzo Abe was quoted by Al-Jazeera as saying, “I want to meet Chairman Kim Jong Un unconditionally and talk with him frankly with an open mind.”

Abe added, “It is more than important for our country to be proactive in tackling the issue. We can not break the shell of mutual distrust between Japan and North Korea unless I directly face Kim.”

According to ANI news reports, the authorities, however, of North Korea are yet to respond to Abe’s proposal. In January too, Abe had indicated his willingness to hold discussions with Kim, aimed at complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Abe’s proposal comes after Hanoi summit failure between Kim and his United States counterpart Donald Trump in Vietnam. The meeting marked the second historic summit between Washington and Pyongyang.

However, the Hanoi summit was ended abruptly without reaching any nuclear deal due to both leaders’ difference. As Trump focused over Kim’s last year commitment of full and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Kim stressed over US sanctions relief.

According to White House, Trump is slated to pay a visit to Japan in May to hold meetings with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, including talks over bilateral cooperation and North Korea as well as “efforts to achieve final, fully verified denuclearization”.

Also, Abe has insisted to hold his summit with North Korean leader Kim in order to facilitate dialogues between North Korea and the US.

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