Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government hopes the upcoming US-North Korea summit will lead to solutions to issues relating to Pyongyang, such as the abduction of Japanese nationals, nuclear and missiles programs.
Suga spoke to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to start later in the day.
He said the previous summit held last June was significant in that the two leaders signed an agreement on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Suga stressed that it is important to steadily follow the process to implement the agreement.
Suga said he expects the summit talks will pave the way to resolving issues such as North Korea's abduction of Japanese nationals, nuclear and missile programs, and will lead to peace and stability in East Asia.
He also said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe specifically asked Trump to address the abduction issue in their recent talks over the phone.
Suga added that Japan's government is also making every effort on its own to tackle the abduction issue.