Japan’s Abe: North Korea Must ‘Match Words with Actions’
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expressing caution about planned talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Abe met Tuesday in Tokyo with the head of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon. Before the meeting, the Japanese leader said he welcomed any new denuclearization talks with North Korea. But he also said he believes it is "extremely important" that North Korea "match its words with actions."
Abe also told reporters that any high-level talks with the North should also include discussions of other issues. One of those issues is a dispute with Pyongyang over kidnappings of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s.
Abe said resolving the kidnapping issue with North Korea has been a longstanding Japanese government policy. The Japanese leader has repeatedly called on North Korea to return at least 13 people that Pyongyang has admitted to kidnapping.
He has also demanded that the North provide information about other people Japan believes were taken and used to train North Korean spies. So far, North Korea has allowed five people it kidnapped to return to Japan, Reuters news agency reported.
A Japanese government official told Reuters that Japan was considering setting up a direct meeting between Abe and Kim Jong Un to discuss the kidnapping issue.
Japan's request to have the issue brought up in upcoming talks with North Korea was not included in a South Korean statement about Suh's talks with Abe.
The statement, released by the presidential Blue House, said Abe told Suh he did not believe the North would use high-level talks to buy time to keep developing its nuclear and missile programs.
Suh was part of South Korea's team that recently held talks with Kim Jong Un and other officials in North Korea. He traveled to Tokyo to brief Japanese officials on the talks, while another member of the team informed Chinese officials in Beijing.
After the talks, South Korea announced Kim had agreed to hold separate, direct meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump. Officials have said Kim and Moon will hold talks in late April, while the Trump meeting is supposed to happen by May.
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日本首相安倍晋三（Shinzo Abe）表示，对朝鲜领导人金正恩与美国总统特朗普会谈一事持谨慎态度 。
周二，安倍晋三与韩国国家情报院院长徐薰（Suh Hoon）在东京会晤 。会晤前，安倍晋三表示欢迎与朝鲜进行任何新的无核化会谈 。但他也指出，朝鲜的“言行一致”是“极为重要的一点” 。
安倍晋三告诉记者，与朝鲜进行的任何高层会谈都应该讨论一些其他的议题 。例如，上世纪七八十年代，日本因朝鲜特工绑架日本公民与朝鲜政府存在争议的问题 。
安倍晋三表示，解决朝鲜绑架问题成为日本政府的一项长期政策 。安倍晋三多次呼吁遣返朝鲜政府承认绑架的至少13名日本公民 。
安倍晋三还要求朝鲜提供其他被绑架者的信息，日本认为这些人被勒令训练朝鲜间谍 。据路透社报道，迄今为止，朝鲜已允许被绑架的5人返回日本 。
作为韩方代表之一，徐薰也参加了近期韩国与金正恩等朝鲜官员举行的会谈 。徐薰负责前往东京向日本官员通报会谈概要，会谈小组的另一成员则前往北京告知中国官员会谈的具体情况 。
会谈结束后，韩国宣布，金正恩同意与韩国总统文在寅及美国的特朗普总统进行直接的单独会晤 。有官员表示，金正恩与文在寅将于4月下旬举行会谈，与特朗普的会谈预计于5月前进行 。