March 16, 2018 / 10:20 AM / 2 years ago

South Korea says Japan's Abe expressed wish for talks with North Korea

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waits for Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena in Tokyo, Japan March 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed a wish for talks with North Korea following Pyongyang’s planned summits with South Korea and the United States, the South’s presidential spokesman, Kim Eui-kyeom said.

Abe’s comments came in a telephone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during which they also agreed to cooperate to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea.

Reporting by Christine Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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