Japan cautious while South Korea upbeat after North Korea talks in Tokyo

By Reuters
March 13,2018
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South Korea's National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon waits for arrival of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their meeting in Tokyo, Japan March 13, 2018. Picture taken March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents decades ago, a government source who was briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

He declined to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to the media. A spokesman for the prime minister's office had no immediate comment.

Abe has made the abductions a keystone of his political career and has said he would not rest until all 13 of the people North Korea admitted to kidnapping have returned and divulges information about the others Japan suspects were taken to train North Korean spies.

(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; Writing by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel)