Shinzo Abe says upcoming North Korea summits could normalise ties between Tokyo, Pyongyang

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also asked South Korean President Moon Jae In to raise the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea during the inter-Korean summit.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also asked South Korean President Moon Jae In to raise the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea during the inter-Korean summit.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said success at upcoming summits North Korea has planned with South Korea and the United States could also mean North Korea and Japan could normalise ties, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday (April 24).

"The success of the two summits means North Korea's nuclear and missiles issue as well as the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea will be resolved, and in that case North Korea and Japan will be able to move on from the past and normalise ties,"Mr Abe was cited as saying in a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Mr Abe also asked Mr Moon to raise the issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea during the inter-Korean summit on Friday, Blue House spokesman Kim Eui Kyeom said.

In response, Mr Moon told Mr Abe he plans to tell North Korea's Kim Jong Un that resolving the abductees issue will contribute in creating peace in North-east Asia.