Japanese PM Abe says may consider meeting N. Korean leader

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question at the Upper House's budget committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo, on May 15, 2013. Mr Abe said on Wednesday he may consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if it would help reso
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question at the Upper House's budget committee session at the National Diet in Tokyo, on May 15, 2013. Mr Abe said on Wednesday he may consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if it would help resolve the long-pending issue of Pyongyang's kidnapping of Japanese citizens. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he may consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if it would help resolve the long-pending issue of Pyongyang's kidnapping of Japanese citizens.

"If a summit meeting is deemed as an important means in considering ways to resolve the abduction issue, we must take it into consideration as a matter of course in negotiating with them," Mr Abe told a parliamentary committee.