Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may have learned that the United States attaches great importance to abductions of Japanese nationals.
Abe was speaking in a Diet session, responding to a question about last week's meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump. A Diet member said prospects for solving the abduction issue may have receded, as Trump and Kim ended their meeting without an agreement.
Abe said he heard that Trump raised the abduction issue during a one-on-one meeting with Kim. He said he thinks Kim has learned the US is seriously concerned about the issue, and he stressed that was a good result of the summit.
He said he is studying how best to solve the issue, and referred to the-then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to North Korea in 2002, when five abductees were able to return home.
He said he will learn from past experiences, and take advantage of every chance that presents itself.