Asia Briefs: Japan mulls over Abe, Kim Jong Un summit

Japan mulls over Abe, Kim Jong Un summit

TOKYO • The Japanese government plans to explore the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as it considers new ways to deal with the North, reported Kyodo news agency yesterday, citing government sources.

This came after Mr Abe and other officials were briefed by South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon.

Mr Suh is one of the South Korean envoys who met Mr Kim in breakthrough talks held in Pyongyang last week, when Mr Kim agreed to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In in late April.

Mr Suh and Chung Eui Yong, the top security adviser for Mr Moon had earlier conveyed Mr Kim's willingness to hold a North Korea-US summit to US President Donald Trump.

Philippines receives 1st military-grade drone

MANILA • The Philippines yesterday received its first six military-grade drones purchased from the United States for US$13.6 million (S$17.9 million), to be used to track terrorists in the southern island of Mindanao.

The drones are Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) built by Insitu, a subsidiary of aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

Counter-terrorism experts believe some 300 Islamist militants have regrouped after their defeat in Marawi city and are planning attacks elsewhere in Mindanao.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2018, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Subscribe