Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said during a video message to the UN General Assembly on Friday that he is ready to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, with no preconditions, APA reports quoting. Sputnik.
"As the new Prime Minister of Japan, I am ready to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-un without any conditions", Suga said.
He also noted that "establishing a constructive relationship between Japan and North Korea will not only serve the interests of both sides but will also greatly contribute to regional peace and stability".
Suga recalled the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration, saying that, in accordance to the treaty, Japan seeks to normalize relations with North Korea "through comprehensively resolving the outstanding issues of concern such as the abductions, nuclear and missile issues, as well as settlement of the unfortunate past".
Currently, there are no diplomatic ties between the two countries, as relations have remained tense, but there have been Japanese-North Korean talks to discuss abductions of Japanese citizens that took place in 70s and 80s, and Pyongyang's nuclear program.
Japan has been expressing concern over the North Korean missile testing, as the devices often travel through Japanese airspace, holding a first ever evacuation in 2017 after a launch.
Suga's predecessor, Shinzo Abe, repeatedly expressed his readiness to meet the leader of North Korea, without preconditions as well, but no meeting followed.