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Trump and Abe to Meet Before North Korea Summit

Delegations from the United States and North Korea arrived in Singapore on Monday evening, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. Negotiations over logistics and other issues related to the possible summit meeting are expected to begin on Tuesday. The North Korean delegation is led by Kim Chang-son, a top logistics and protocol official, Yonhap said.

Besides worrying about missiles, Mr. Abe has also repeatedly asked Mr. Trump to raise the issue of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea four decades ago.

Of the countries seeking to influence negotiations with North Korea, Japan has remained the most hard-line, consistently calling for complete and immediate denuclearization as well as the removal of all missiles and biological weapons.

Trump and Abe to Meet Before North Korea Summit
Trump and Abe to Meet Before North Korea Summit

It has also remained highly skeptical about North Korea’s intentions, reminding the United States that the North has signed and reneged on multiple previous nuclear deals.

In South Korea on Monday, divisions between lawmakers over efforts to improve relations with North Korea were on display as the National Assembly failed to adopt a resolution supporting the summit agreement the leaders of the two Koreas reached on April 27.

The rival political parties could not agree on the wording of a resolution, as conservative opposition lawmakers accused the government of President Moon Jae-in of falling into the North’s trap of “false peace” and of failing to win a clearer commitment to denuclearization from the North.

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