Japan will be ready to provide economic assistance to Pyongyang if it settles its nuclear problem and releases Japanese citizens forcibly held in the country, Japanse Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday.
“If North Korea solves the problems of nuclear and missile programs, as well as the problem of kidnapped and forcibly held Japanese citizens, Japan will be ready for normalization of diplomatic relations and offering economic assistance to North Korea,” Mr Kono said at a news conference ahead of his upcoming visit to the United States.
Kono noted that his visit to the U. S. would last from June 6 to June 9 and would be devoted to clarification of the Japanese – US bilateral agenda in light of the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.
The first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place on June 12 in Singapore, according to the White House spokesperson.
The past months have seen a surge in diplomatic activity on the Korean Peninsula with officials from China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea, and the U.S. meeting to discuss the issues related to de-nuclearisation of Pyongyang.