Abe: Trump supports meeting with Kim over abductions

Abe: Trump supports meeting with Kim over abductions

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that US President Donald Trump supported his intention to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in order to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean security services between 1970s and 1980s.

“Bearing in mind the latest North Korean situation, we spent a good amount of time on better aligning our policies. The positions of Japan and the US in this regard are completely on the same page … I’m determined that I have to face (North Korean) Chairman Kim Jong Un myself, directly, without any conditions.

“I will meet the chairman and I would like to have a frank discussion. Trump has expressed strong support to my determination. I’m saying that he will support me totally and will not spare any effort in assisting me,” Abe said at a joint press conference with Trump.

Japan insists that North Korean security services had abducted 17 Japanese nationals. Most of them were reportedly kidnapped in order to teach Japanese language and culture at schools for North Korean spies, so that they could pretend to be Japanese.

Pyongyang admitted in 2002 abducting only 13 of them, denying involvement in any other disappearances. Five of the kidnapped Japanese citizens were repatriated in 2002, and North Korea has claimed that eight others have died. Tokyo refuses to believe this and requests investigation.

On another note, Trump said that a change of power in Iran was not something that the US aimed at.

“I know so many people from Iran, these are great people. It (Iran) has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership. We are not looking for regime change, I just want to make that clear,” Trump said.

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