Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Kim-Abe summit could happen by June: Asahi

Kim-Abe summit could happen by June: Asahi

SEOUL-An early June summit between the leaders of Japan and North Korea appears to be in the cards, according to a source close to the reclusive state.

In another tweet, he said: "Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me".

Word of the diplomatic initiative was outlined in a document used in "study sessions" for the political education of high-ranking party officials by the Central Committee.

Kim met President Xi Jinping in China this week, his first trip overseas since taking over as North Korean leader in 2011.

A Japanese government source said in mid-March that Japan was considering seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim to discuss Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.

Summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump are being planned for April and May, respectively.

The document also noted that the Japanese government has put out feelers on a possible summit, according to Asahi.

The paper extolled Kim's diplomatic skills and detailed the separate foreign policy directions to be taken in dealing with South Korea, the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation, "in that order".

The MEA further said that the visit of Japanese Prime Minister to India in 2017 gave "fresh impetus" to the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Other officials say direct talks with North Korea will eventually be necessary to resolve the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by that country.

North Korea hopes to get US$20 billion to US$50 billion in aid from Japan if it normalises relations, the newspaper said.

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