20 years since last summit, North Korea-Japan ties still vexed by same concerns | NK News
June 23, 2024
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20 years since last summit, North Korea-Japan ties still vexed by same concerns

Abductee issue has been insurmountable since Junichiro Koizumi and Kim Jong Il met, but hopes persist for third summit

This week marks the 20th anniversary of a pivotal moment in Tokyo-Pyongyang ties — the second meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang.

And even two decades after the summit, their failure to resolve the issue of the DPRK’s past kidnapping of Japanese nationals casts a long shadow over their relationship, standing as the last time that the two sides appeared close to establishing formal ties.

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