TOKYO (Reuters) -- Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko said on Tuesday he saw room for economic cooperation with North Korea once differences over its nuclear and missile programmes, along with the issue of the abduction of Japanese citizens, were resolved.
"At the moment, North Korea is a security issue," Seko told a Tokyo conference. "But once the nuclear, missile and abduction issues are resolved, there is room for cooperation in the field of economy."
North Korea has admitted to kidnapping 13 Japanese citizens decades ago to train spies. Five have returned to Japan.