Japan supports U.S.-North Korea process, hopes latest talks lead to progress: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Osaka, Japan June 29, 2019. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday Japan supported the United States and North Korea’s “process” and wished for the latest talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un to result in positive developments, Japanese media reported.

“I hope that this summit will lead to progress,” Abe was quoted by Kyodo News and Jiji Press as telling reporters at the prime minister’s official residence.

Abe was speaking after Kim and Trump agreed on Sunday to push forward dialogue for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Paul Tait