Talks between Japan and North Korea on the issue of the abductions of Japanese nationals are stalled. The situation has not changed since Prime Minister Kishida Fumio assumed office.
North Korea has been conducting ballistic missile launches this year at an unprecedented pace. It is boosting its nuclear and missile programs with an increasingly provocative stance against the international community including Japan.
The Japanese government has been criticizing the North's programs and is maintaining sanctions in cooperation with other relevant countries.
Japan is also calling on the importance of resolving the abduction issue. Kishida has been stressing the significance of Japan to work proactively to solve the issue while appealing to the global community on the issue.
Kishida says he is determined to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any preconditions.