Spy Chief Briefs Abe on Meeting with Kim Jong-un

  • By Kim Soo-hye

    March 14, 2018 11:26

    National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon on Tuesday briefed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    "Japan's basic stance is that the nuclear and missile issues and the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea must be solved," Abe told Suh. "It's important for the North to take concrete action to realize denuclearization and put words into practice."

    "We will certainly cooperate with South Korea in the future," Abe added. "South Korea, the U.S., and Japan should do their best to solve the North Korean nuclear and abduction issues."

    National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon (left) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Tuesday. /Yonhap

    Abe said he does not believe the North will use this opportunity merely to buy time, given the gravity of the upcoming summits with South Korea and the U.S., and he also expressed respect for President Moon Jae-in's "leadership," according to Cheong Wa Dae.

    Suh delivered a message from Moon to Abe which read in part, "Cooperation between Seoul and Tokyo is of paramount importance to maintain the peaceful mood on the Korean Peninsula that began with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang."

    Suh also met Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday.

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