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N Korea at crossroads

Following US lead, Abe offers no-strings summit with Kim

Japanese leader drops demands on abduction issue after talks with Trump

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, may be able to capitalize on North Korea's diplomatic impasse with the U.S.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has signaled that he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions, a shift likely prompted by U.S. President Donald Trump's more conciliatory line on Pyongyang.

Abe and Trump discussed Monday the North's launch of short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan last week. After the phone call, the prime minister told reporters that "I myself must meet face to face with Chairman Kim unconditionally."

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