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Abe hopes talks offer will get Kim Jong Un to relent on abduction issue

Japan, too, is keen on a summit with North Korea, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after White House talks on Thursday, in the clearest sign that he is moderating his hitherto hardline approach, which has drawn pushback from both Koreas.

"The resolution of the abduction issue is the most important task for Japan," Mr Abe told reporters with US President Donald Trump beside him. "Ultimately, I am determined that it is a matter to be resolved directly between myself and the Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'Abe hopes talks offer will get Kim to relent on abduction issue'. Print Edition | Subscribe