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Suga 'ready to meet Kim Jong Un without any conditions'

Japanese leader debuts at UN, determined to host Tokyo Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers his prerecorded speech to the U.N. on Sept. 25. (Image courtesy of the United Nations)

NEW YORK -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed to "miss no opportunity" to establish a constructive relationship with North Korea in his prerecorded maiden United Nations speech streamed Friday.

"I am ready to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un without any conditions," he said after noting that Japan seeks to normalize its relationship with Pyongyang. Good relations with the Hermit Kingdom will not only serve the interests of both sides, but also greatly contribute to regional peace and stability, he said.

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