Will Trump and Abe resolve the Tension in the Korean Peninsula?
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump are set to talk on Monday and discuss projectiles fired by North Korea according to the national broadcaster NHK.
North Korea fired several “unidentified short-range projectiles” into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, prompting the South to urge its communist neighbour to “stop acts that escalate military tension on the Korean peninsula”.
As the only regional power house involved in the nuclear crisis that is yet to have a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Japanese Prime Minister announced that he is ready to meet Kim without any set conditions so as to mend the broken trust between the nations.
The foreign relations between the two countries started deteriorating in 2002 when North Korea reported that it had kidnapped 13 Japanese between the period of 1970-1980 . However Japan insists that the number was 17, 5 of whom were repatriated and 8 dead but North Korea denies that 4 never entered the country.
Japan seeks to reach an agreement with North Korea and stop the nuclear missile programs. Kim has met with both Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The last meeting between the two countries was in 2004 between the then PM Junichiro Koizumi and Kim Jong il.