Japanese PM hails N. Korea’s release of Americans

TOKYO, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed Thursday the release of three Americans held by North Korea on the previous day.

“It is a positive attitude, and we welcome it. The release of detained US citizens is a big achievement,” Abe told reporters after his telephone talks with US President Donald Trump.

During their 20-minute conversation, Abe briefed Trump on the details of a three-way summit here with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, the premier said.

In the trilateral summit, Abe, Li and Moon shared the view that denuclearization on the Korean peninsula and peace and security in Northeast Asia are very important.

According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Trump explained to Abe about discussions between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.

Pompeo visited Pyongyang to prepare for the first-ever summit between North Korea and the US and returned home with three freed American detainees. The three men were detained in North Korea on charges of espionage or “hostile acts” against the regime.

Abe and Trump also confirmed that they will maintain close coordination between the two countries, as well as between Japan, the US and South Korea toward the planned US-North Korea summit, the ministry added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency