UNITED NATIONS: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday (Sep 20) renewed his offer to meet North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Un, as tensions simmer over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Kishida said that Japan still stood by diplomacy set out two decades ago by former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi on his historic visit to Pyongyang.
“Japan is prepared to engage in dialogue on matters of mutual concern,” Kishida said.
“I am determined to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un without any conditions and will miss no opportunity to take actions with all my dedication,” he said.
Kim met three times with former United States president Donald Trump, easing tensions but reaching no permanent solution on its nuclear program.