It seems everyone wants to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un these days.
The Japanese government is apparently considering a possible meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to Japanese media.
A summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim is already in the works. President Donald Trump has agreed to a landmark meeting with the young despot sometime before May, although much is up in the air.
South Korean officials, who returned from a Pyongyang conference, briefed the president on their recent meeting with the North Korean leader, just as South Korean envoys briefed Japanese officials, convincing them of the need for dialogue and engagement, Kyodo News reported.
There are expectations for a summit meeting between Tokyo and Pyongyang, a high-ranking official revealed. “If we are to resolve the abduction issue, direct dialogue with the top — Mr. Kim Jong Un — is essential,” a source inside the prime minister’s office told Kyodo News.
“In the event that we do hold (a summit with North Korea),” a government source said, “we will need to watch the actions of both the United States and South Korea and look for an effective time.”
The Foreign Ministry is reportedly interested in normalizing ties with North Korea, not just addressing North Korea’s illegal weapons programs and dealing with the abduction issue.
A sitting American president has never met with a North Korean leader, while the same cannot be said for Japan, as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi met Kim Jong Il in 2004.
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