[size=30]Prime Minister of Japan announces his readiness to meet with Kim without conditions[/size]
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is quoted as saying that he is "ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without conditions to end the long-standing mistrust between the two countries."
Abe's remarks came days after he met US President Donald Trump in Washington and thanked him for raising the issue of North Korea's detention of a number of Japanese nationals with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their summit in February.
"The only way to break the current mutual suspicion for him is to have unconditional talks with Kim," Shinzo Abe suggested in a recent interview with the paper. "That's why I want to meet with him without conditions I hope he will be a leader who will flexibly and strategically decide the best thing for his country. "
For years, Japan has been solving the issue of its citizens, who were kidnapped by North Korean agents decades ago as part of spies training, a condition for improving diplomatic and economic ties with Pyongyang.
North Korea announced in 2002 that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s, while Japan believed that North Korea kidnapped 17 of its citizens, 5 of whom were returned. North Korea says the remaining 8 are dead and the four reported by Japan have never entered its territory .