Abe fears US-NKorea talks will omit Japan security concerns

Abe fears US-NKorea talks will omit Japan security concerns”

Japan is set to restore tariffs on frozen beef from the United States and other countries to usual levels from April 1, ending a hike put in place eight months earlier to protect domestic producers as an emergency, a government official said on Friday.

"The Japanese government has been voicing its intention to hold talks through Chongryon", a pro-North Korean residents group in Japan.

A Japanese government source said in mid-March that Japan was considering seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim to discuss Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago.

In telephone conversations with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Seko also expressed Tokyo's regret over the U.S. import restriction, claiming that Japanese products have not posed a threat to U.S. national security, according to the sources.

"I think the U.S. and Japan are in sync for this North Korea issue".

North Korea, Asahi writes, is looking at a possibility of organizing separate meetings with all the parties to the six-lateral talks, including Russian Federation.

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Abe told parliament he is anxious President Donald Trump will focus on intercontinental ballistic missiles and forget shorter-range missiles that threaten Japan but not America. "In particular, there's no guarantee Trump-Kim talks will go well". "The Japan-North Korea summit will be held in Pyongyang in early June following the U.S".

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono left open the possibility that Mr Abe might meet Mr Kim at some point.

Kono, sometimes floated as a potential candidate to succeed Abe as premier, declined to say whether he might challenge Abe in a September ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership vote.

The Asahi quoted another unidentified source as saying North Korea's "dialogue partner on security issues is America" but that the country "can only hope for large-scale financial help from Japan".

"Sanctions must be maintained unless North Korea takes concrete action to abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles", Abe said.

North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies, and five of them returned to Japan.

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