Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told South Korea’s envoy that Japan appreciates the planned summit meetings with North Korea on possible denuclearization.
Abe met South Korea’s National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon in Tokyo on Tuesday. Suh was part of a delegation that met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump last week.
Abe said Japan’s basic policy is to resolve North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues, along with the issue of the North’s abduction of Japanese nationals.
He welcomed the North’s move to hold talks on the premise of denuclearization, but stressed that it must also take concrete action.
Abe called for close cooperation between Japan and South Korea and the United States.
Suh said it was very meaningful that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un expressed in his own words an openness to denuclearization.
He said South Korean President Moon Jae-in believes that Seoul and Tokyo must cooperate to build on the momentum for peace that began with the PyeongChang Olympics.
Suh said it is more important more than ever that Moon and Abe closely coordinate their positions.