Last week, South Korea sent a delegation to North Korea’s Pyongyang to meet with Kim Jong-un, and the US announced an upcoming direct meeting between Kim and President Trump. Not one to be left out, Japan is reportedly considering seeking their own summit.
As with the US, the Japanese version, according to those familiar with the situation, would see Prime Minister Abe Shinzo meeting Kim directly. The topic of this meeting would be the fate of kidnapped Japanese citizens.
This is a common subject of discussion for the two nations, and one Abe has made a major issue. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, North Korea kidnapped at least 13 Japanese citizens, potentially more, to be used to train North Korean spies on infiltrating Japan.
Five of the kidnapped were already returned to Japan, and North Korea insisted those were the only ones still alive. Many in Japan believe there were more kidnapped than just the 13 admitted to, so this would likely be a major issue to press if sch talks happen.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- ISIS Kills Over 60 Syrian Troops in 48 Hours of Attacks - April 20th, 2019
- US Intel Doubts North Korea Weapons Test Was Successful - April 19th, 2019
- Ecuador Judge Orders Detention of Former Foreign Minister Connected to Assange - April 19th, 2019
- US Reveals Support for Former CIA Asset Hafter in Libya - April 19th, 2019
- Pompeo Dismisses North Korea Demands, Says He Can't Be Removed From Talks - April 19th, 2019