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N Korea at crossroads

Abe signals interest in meeting Kim after failed Hanoi summit

Japan sees opening for progress on abduction issue

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke with reporters on Feb. 28 following a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday signaled a willingness to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to resolve the past abduction of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang following the latter's collapsed nuclear talks with the U.S.

"President [Donald] Trump brought up the abduction issue, which is important for Japan, during their one-on-one meeting on [Feb.] 27th," Abe told reporters after a phone conversation with the U.S. leader, who briefed Abe on his summit with Kim.

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