Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Photo: AFP

Abe expresses support for better Trump-Kim ties


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday voiced support for the rapprochement between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, a Japanese diplomat said, as Washington considers the possibility of a new summit with North Korea's leader.

In a meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon on the sidelines of an economic forum in Russia, Abe reiterated his support for "the agreement between President Trump and Chairman Kim, in particular, the commitment of the North Korean leader towards the full denuclearization of the Korean Penninsula," said a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman.

"Our position is that the international community should push North Korea to fully and expeditiously implement the commitment he (Kim) made to President Trump," Japanese ministry spokesman Takeshi Osuga told AFP.

The meeting took place during an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, with the latest round of diplomatic efforts to curb the North Korean nuclear programme high on the agenda.

The White House said Monday that Trump had received a "very positive" letter from Kim seeking a follow-up meeting after they held a historic summit in Singapore in June.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the Trump-Kim summit, will fly to Pyongyang next week for his third meeting with the North Korean leader this year.

The White House said it was "open" to a new summit with Kim.

In June, Trump and Kim signed a vaguely-worded agreement on denuclearisation but little progress has been made since then.

Japan takes a harsh stance towards Pyongyang, which has sent numerous missile tests in the direction of its territory.

"Shinzo Abe expressed his hope that the upcoming North-South summit meeting will lead to concrete actions towards the denuclearization of North Korea," said Osuga.

On Monday, Abe met South Korea's intelligence chief in Tokyo, Suh Hoon, he added.

Abe and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is also attending the Vladivostok forum, are expected to hold a meeting on Wednesday, said a Japanese diplomatic source.

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What else did you expect him to say? I mean really, even when Trump is threatening all sorts of mayhem over trade, Abe still is bending over to please him!

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Lol this spineless brown noser is getting re-elected.

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An Abe u-turn?

Looks like a hypocrite to me.

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Mr. Abe represented Japan too rigid to North Korea when Trump met Kim in Singapore, the same when both Koreas met at the border, the "strong" expressions now changed to "brand" expression. I understand the Peace Treat to be signed to next normalize the promises of denuclearization (dismantle seems longer terms) and table-talk about the abductees and other matters is much important than giving rigid conditions in that situation of both Koreas still in armistice for many decades. Mr. Abe should be steady to express the right words and not to change every moments only by checking Mr. Trump's actions. That's a bad image to Japan and he must know it!

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Kim is only seeking a partner he can pull a fast one on. Abe is playing it down the middle but the likelyhood of any significant breakthrough is minimal. The US got its hostages back and some remains of soldiers from the Korean War. I doubt Japan will get anything at all from Lil’Kim.

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Even though a peaceful chord has been struck with NK recently, Abe &Co. want to keep attention on the subject so as to distract everyone away from the plethora of serious issues on home soil. Typical LDP strategy. Sad part is that the average Japanese citizen is so poorly informed, and so time-deprived that they lap this crud up!

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Does Trump's minion have a choice or a say in this? When Trump says jump, Abe says how high. When Trump says go down the bunker, Abe says should I walk or roll down.

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Abe expresses support for better Trump-Kim ties

Nobody cares

> Does Trump's minion have a choice or a say in this? When Trump says jump, Abe says how high. When Trump says go down the bunker, Abe says should I walk or roll down.


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Mr Abe....are you going to betray the 'Abductee families'? You seems have forgotton them!

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@Wallace Fred couldn't agree more - this spineless brown noser is getting re-elected.

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Abe just wants in on the media attention, and is nipping at Trump's heels again looking for a bone. Forget that NK JUST said the "abduction issue has been settled" after Abe has vowed time and again to resolve the issue.

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