UPDATED 7:11 AM PT — Wed. Sept. 12, 2018
Japan’s prime minister is praising the success of President Trump’s North Korean summit, saying he too is ready to sit down with chairman Kim Jong Un.
Shinzo Abe made the announcement Wednesday, while speaking at an economic forum in Russia.
He described the June summit as a “bold step” taken by President Trump, which is helping to improve relations between Pyongyang and the international community.
Abe went on to say the meeting stopped North Korea from launching missiles over Japan and sent the country on the path toward denuclearization.
The prime minister said it is now his turn to set aside differences and meet with Kim.
“I too must break the shell of mutual distrust, take a step forward, and ultimately meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un. At present, nothing has been decided regarding a Japan-North Korea summit meeting, but if we are going to have one, then I am resolved”.
— Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan
Despite the announcement, Japan has yet to begin any formal preparations for a meeting with North Korea.
Meanwhile, an inter-Korean summit is scheduled to take place next week.