Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary says the government will continue to seek a summit with North Korea despite the firing of a ballistic missile by Pyongyang last week.
Yoshihide Suga was speaking at a Lower House committee meeting on Monday.
Suga was asked whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions, even though the government lodged a protest after the North fired a short-range ballistic missile on Thursday. The Chief Cabinet Secretary replied that the government's stance on this matter has not changed.
Abe has repeatedly said he is ready to meet Kim without preconditions to settle the abduction issue.