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International relations

Abe campaigns for summit with Kim on abductions

Japan's leader urges 'big decision' by North Korea to settle long-standing issue

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his interest Saturday in holding talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling such a meeting essential to resolving the issue of Pyongyang's abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago.

"Ultimately, I myself have to meet with [Kim]," Abe said on a Japanese television program. "I want to foster a relationship of trust with North Korea."

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