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Shinzo Abe to meet Donald Trump in April to discuss North Korea issue

In a telephone call with Trump, Abe said a dialogue of North Korea with the US will lead to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula

ANI  |  Tokyo [Japan] 

Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

Japanese Shinzo on Friday said that he would be meeting with next month.

In a telephone call with Trump on Friday, hailed the "change" in North Korea's stance saying such a dialogue with the US will lead to the denuclearisation of the

"I agreed with Trump that this development (proposed US-talks) is the result of Japan, the US and South Korea, together with the community, having continued to put a high level of pressure on North Korea," was quoted by The Times as telling President Trump over the phone.

"The solid position of and the US that we will continue to put maximum pressure on until it takes concrete actions toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of its nuclear (weapons) and missiles is absolutely unwavering," he added.

Japan's Cabinet said North Korea's offer of talks with President Trump is indicative of the Communist country's desire to abandon its nuclear programme and bat for peace in the

A senior said recent developments between and were "a bit quick."

Japanese Itsunori Onodera, however, added that for the proposed talks to take place, needed to abandon its nuclear programme.

On Thursday, President Trump accepted an invitation and agreed to meet Kim by May. However, he stated that sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until the Communist country achieved denuclearisation.

President Trump received Kim's invitation from a South Korean delegation, led by

The South Korean delegation is on a two-day visit to update American officials on their recent talks with Kim in

Other members of the delegation included Suh Hoon, of the (NIS), Chun Hae-sung, of Unification Ministry, Yun Kun-young, a Cheong Wa Dae (presidential Blue House) official, and Kim Sang-gyun, a senior NIS

Envoys of South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited earlier this week and were hosted at a welcome dinner by Kim at the headquarters of the ruling Worker's Party.

The two Koreas also agreed to hold summit-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom, located in the heavily guarded Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), which acts as the de facto border between North and

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:25 IST