Abe meets N. Korea's second-highest-ranking official in Pyeongchang
Jiji -- Feb 10
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly met with North Korea's second-highest-ranking official on Friday, during their visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Japanese government sources said.

Abe exchanged words with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, at a reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to the sources.

This was the Japanese leader's first contact with a senior official of the current North Korean regime, led by Kim Jong Un.

Abe conveyed to Kim Yong Nam Japan's position on North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs and the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to the reclusive nation decades ago, the sources said, adding that the prime minister urged Pyongyang to resolve these issues.

In talks with reporters at a hotel later, Abe said, "I told (Kim Yong Nam) about our thoughts and position although I can't elaborate."

News source: Jiji
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