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Japan mulling to restart inter-governmental talks with DPRK


16:33, May 22, 2013

TOKYO, May 22 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said here Wednesday that Japan is mulling to resume the stalled inter-governmental talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in an effort to resolve abduction issue.

Suga said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is resolute to resolve the issue and that Japan seeks every possibility to communicate with the DPRK to make the issue settled.

Abe said Monday that he is willing to hold talks with the DPRK' s top leader Kim Jong Un if the meeting is helpful to settle the abduction issue, adding that the resolving process should be dominated by Japan.

The inter-governmental talks on DPRK's abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 80s were held in China and Mongolia respectively in August and November last year, but the dialogue was stalled since the DPRK declared that it will fire off a rocket in November.

On Tuesday, Isao Iijima, an advisor to Abe, briefed his recent Pyongyang visit to the prime minister, saying Abe will put his brief into action with unwavering resolve.

Iijima, who made a surprise visit to the DPRK from May 14 to 18, had "frank talks" with senior DPRK officials and explained Japan's policies to resolve abduction, nuclear weapon and missile issues.

However, Iijima's visit drew the ire of the United States and South Korea, with which Japan said it will coordinate its move on the DPRK-related issue.

Meanwhile, Japanese media reported that defense ministers from Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting on DPRK on June 1 on the sideline of the Asia Security Summit in Singapore.

The first trilateral meeting of the ministers in three years aims to jointly cope with DPRK's nuclear and missile issues, with the participants expected to confirm coordination in sharing intelligence and vigilance, Japan's Kyodo News cited a government official as saying.

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