Japan to talk to North Korea about fate of missing citizens

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Japan is on the trail of 17 citizens who were abducted years ago and whose fate is unknown. Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko stated that Japan is ready to negotiate unconditionally with North Korea for the fate of the abductees and emphasized that they would remain committed to the position of seeking to open the door to a new era in bilateral relations and strive to resolve outstanding issues with North Korea.

Japan to talk to North Korea about fate of missing citizens

Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko announced that she will lead diplomatic efforts to organize a summit between the leaders of Japan and North Korea.

In his statement, Minister Kamikawa recalled Prime Minister Kishida Fumio's statement in September that he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions.

"I will lead diplomatic efforts to hold the summit as soon as possible,” the Japanese Minister said about the possible organization of a summit between Kishida Fumio and Kim Jong Un.

Kamikawa emphasized that they would remain committed to the position of seeking to open the door to a new era in bilateral relations and strive to resolve outstanding issues with North Korea.

Drawing attention to Kishida's willingness to meet face-to-face with the North Korean leader without preconditions, Kamikawa also noted that he would endeavor for the return of the detained Japanese.

According to the official Kyodo news agency, 17 Japanese were abducted by North Korea in the 1960s and 1970s, and the North Korean government announced in 2002 that 5 of the 13 Japanese citizens abducted in previous years had returned to Japan, while the others had died.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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