Japan’s PM Kishida willing to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

Japan’s PM Kishida willing to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

NORTH Korea’s state media quoted Kim Yo-jong – the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – as announcing that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida proposed a face-to-face summit to meet his brother.

Kim Jong-un’s sister, who is also an influential figure in North Korea said Japan needs to decide if it truly wants to improve its relations with her country.

She added it is impossible to improve their bilateral relations if it’s full of distrust and misunderstanding.

Kishida last month told lawmakers that Japan will not waste time in initiating a connection with North Korea, noting that the move is extremely important.

His statement earned a positive response from Pyongyang and fueled hopes of a potential summit between the two countries.

Kim Yo-Jong last month said a visit could happen as long as Tokyo will not make the issue of decades-old abduction of Japanese citizens an obstacle in building ties with North Korea.

The long-running issue of North Korea kidnapping Japanese citizens happened sometime in the 1970s and 1980s.

If the summit pushes through, it will be the first meeting between a Japanese prime minister and North Korean leader in twenty years.

 

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