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Japan says to normalize North Korea ties if nuclear, abduction issues are solved

  • Published at 09:45 am May 9th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:36 pm May 9th, 2018
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, flanked by Finance Minister Taro Aso and Foreign Minister Taro Kono, attends at their trilateral summit with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not in picture) at Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo, Japan May 9, 2018

Abe was speaking after a trilateral summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held in Tokyo

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday his nation will normalize ties with North Korea if the nuclear and missile issues, along with that of the abduction of Japanese citizens, are solved comprehensively.

Abe was speaking after a trilateral summit with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held in Tokyo.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at the same news conference he supported the idea of dialogue between Japan and North Korea.

North Korea has admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens decades ago to train spies. Five have returned to Japan.