Japanese prime minister says ready to see North Korean leader

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday (September 20th) he was ready to meet reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as tensions remained high over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

In a speech at the UN rostrum, Fumio Kishida said “ready for dialogue on issues of common interest” with North Korea. “I am determined to meet Kim Jong Un without conditions and will not miss any opportunity to act with dedication”he said.

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“Preventive atomic strikes”

The North Korean leader has met three times with former US President Donald Trump, in a moment of appeasement but no lasting solution has been found on his nuclear program.

The Japanese prime minister’s statements come after Pyongyang passed a new law declaring that North Korea is ready to carry out pre-emptive atomic strikes, including in the face of conventional attacks.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has repeatedly expressed the wish to engage in discussions with Pyongyang on its nuclear program, but these calls have so far remained unanswered.

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