Abe: Trump Has Promised To Raise Abduction Issue

Abe: Trump has promised to raise abduction issue

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says US President Donald Trump has promised to raise the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea, during his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Abe was speaking to members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday evening.

The prime minister's remarks came after he spoke with Trump over the phone, ahead of the US-North Korea summit, which will be held on Tuesday.

Abe said Trump told him that he wants to spend time talking with Kim.

Abe said he asked Trump to bring up the abduction issue.

The prime minister said Trump responded that he will definitely discuss the matter with Kim.

Abe told his fellow lawmakers that he has renewed his resolve to have the abduction issue settled while he is in office.

He said he believes that the matter should ultimately be resolved through direct dialogue with Pyongyang.

He added that he expects the Trump-Kim summit to be a historic meeting that will lead to progress on the abduction issue, as well as on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.