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Trump-Kim Summit

Russia or UN? Abe and Kim must agree on summit site

Pleasing Putin will rile China and US, but hurdles high for New York

Abe may prefer to meet with Kim at the United Nations headquarters in New York, but no North Korean leader has ever visited the U.S. before.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the two countries have begun exploring acceptable summit venues, with Russia and the United Nations emerging as possible candidates.

Abe has responded to Kim's openness to dialogue expressed in his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump last week. The prime minister sees such a meeting as an opportunity to extract concrete action on the decades-ago abductions of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang. But many obstacles remain.

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