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World Japan eying Abe-Kim summit with possible Pyongyang visit: paper

04:35  14 june  2018
04:35  14 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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A summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is also possible by the end of May. Tokyo has two goals for the potential Abe - Kim summit : to convince Pyongyang to scrap its midrange Rodong missiles, capable of striking Japan , and to secure the return of the abductees.

Japan has sounded out the North Korean government about a bilateral summit , and Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a leaders’ meeting with Japan , Japan ’s Asahi newspaper said on Japan ’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono left open the possibility that Abe might meet Kim at some point.

a man wearing glasses: FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore © REUTERS FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles next to U.S. President Donald Trump at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore

Japan is working on arranging a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with one possibility including the premier's visit to Pyongyang around August, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Thursday.

Citing multiple government sources, the paper said officials from the two countries had been in contact several times in recent months to negotiate a possible meeting between the two leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump this week agreed to halt joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, drills Japan's defense minister said were "vital" for East Asian security.

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following a meeting between Abe and a South Korean envoy who visited Japan to brief him on the inter-Korean meeting in Pyongyang last week. With Moon and Trump tentatively scheduled to summit with Kim in, respectively, April and May this year, Abe may not wish to be left behind by

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has sounded out the North Korean government about a bilateral summit , and Pyongyang has discussed the possibility of a leaders’ meeting with A Japanese ruling party lawmaker said the outlook for an Abe - Kim summit depended on how the earlier summits played out.

North Korea fired at least two missiles over Japan last year as it sought to develop a weapon capable of reaching the U.S. mainland with a nuclear warhead.

Japan is expected to contribute towards the costs of North Korea's denuclearisation but only after the International Atomic Energy Agency restarts inspections, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Abe has made the resolution of the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea a political pledge, and has said Japan would hold back economic assistance until those issues, along with denuclearisation, are resolved.

Shinzo Abe wearing a suit and tie: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media after the news conference by the U.S. President Donald Trump, after the summit between the U.S. and North Korea, in Tokyo © REUTERS/Issei Kato Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to media after the news conference by the U.S. President Donald Trump, after the summit between the U.S. and North Korea, in Tokyo

If Abe's visit to Pyongyang proves difficult, Japan is eyeing another scenario for Abe to meet Kim on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum to be held in September in Vladivostok, if the North Korean leader attends, the paper said.

A government source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Japanese officials planned to discuss the summit meeting with North Korean officials at an international conference on Northeast Asian security to be held on Thursday and Friday in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The person added that it was still unclear whether Abe would attend the conference in Vladivostok in September, when his ruling Liberal Democratic Party is due hold a leadership race.

(Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto and Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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