Abe: Trump reaffirmed plan to raise abductions

Abe: Trump reaffirmed plan to raise abductions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says US President Donald Trump has reassured him that he will raise the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea at his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Abe spoke with Trump over the phone on Monday after returning from the G7 summit in Canada.

Abe told reporters that the US president briefed him on the latest situation ahead of his summit with the North Korean leader. Abe said they closely coordinated their policies.

Abe said Japan, the US and South Korea share a basic policy. He also expressed hope that the summit will be a historic and major step toward peace and stability in northeast Asia.