Moon tells Abe of plan to cover abduction issue at summit with Kim
Jiji -- Apr 25
South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he plans to take up the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese nationals decades ago at his upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

During 40-minute phone talks with Moon, Abe suggested Tokyo's willingness to hold dialogue with Pyongyang.

Abe and Moon agreed that it is necessary to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea toward its denuclearization.

Explaining what he discussed with U.S. President Donald Trump during their two-day summit in Florida last week, Abe asked Moon to take up the abduction issue at the summit between the two Koreas on Friday.

In response, Moon said that he will convey Abe's position to the North Korean side and tell Kim that resolving the abduction issue will contribute to building peace in Northeast Asia.

安倍総理大臣と韓国の文在寅(ムン・ジェイン)大統領が電話会談し、文大統領は27日の南北首脳会談で日本人の拉致問題も取り上げると明言しました。 電話会談で安倍総理は、南北会談で拉致問題を取り上げるよう要請しました。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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