Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government's goal to resolve the abduction issue remains unchanged.
Abe met the head of a task force of his Liberal Democratic Party in charge of the abduction issue, Eriko Yamatani, on Thursday.
Yamatani briefed Abe on her recent trip to the United States with relatives of Japanese abductees seeking support for the resolution of the problem.
Abe said it is a crucial time, but he will do all he can to make a Japan-North Korea summit happen, reiterating his resolve to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions.
Abe stressed that his government maintains its stance of demanding the immediate return of all abducted citizens.