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Japan wary US-North Korea talks will overlook kidnappings

Abe will visit Washington in April to seek Trump's cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters about his call with U.S. President Donald Trump on March 9. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- With U.S. President Donald Trump planning to meet the North Korean leader, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to make sure that his priorities, such as the return of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang agents, will not be left out of the talks.

The Japanese leader will travel to Washington in early April to urge Trump to press the North on the abduction issue as well as on short-range missiles that could target Japan. Abe and Trump agreed to hold the summit in a telephone call Friday.

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