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N Korea at crossroads

Kim 'ready' to talk with Japan, Moon tells Abe

North Korean leader open to improving relations, at an appropriate time

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.   © Kyodo

NEW YORK -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is "ready for dialogue" with Japan to seek better relations with its neighbor, South Korean President Moon Jae-in told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, relaying a message from Kim.

The nearly hourlong meeting here between Moon and Abe on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly followed Moon's third summit with Kim, held during a three-day visit to Pyongyang last week.

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