N Korea-Japan summit must help resolve abduction issue: Abe

3 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said any summit he holds with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un must tackle abducted citizens, an issue that has bedevilled relations between the two countries for decades, reports AFP.

North Korea kidnapped scores of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to help Pyongyang train its spies, a sore point that Tokyo says has never been adequately addressed.

“In the end, I have to meet Chairman Kim Jong Un,” Abe told the Sankei Shimbun daily in an interview published on Sunday, adding he wished to “break mutual distrust” between the two countries.

But he added: “As long as we hold a meeting, the meeting must contribute to the resolution of the abduction issue”.