Kim Jong Un's sister says contact, negotiation efforts by Japan will be rejected

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says any attempt by Japan to contact or negotiate with Pyongyang will be rejected.

Kim Yo Jong said in a statement through the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday that the North is not interested in a summit meeting with Japan.

In another statement on the previous day, she reiterated North Korea's position that the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea has already been settled. She urged Prime Minister Kishida Fumio to make a political decision to improve bilateral relations.

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hayashi Yoshimasa swiftly responded that Japan won't accept the claim that the abduction issue has been resolved.

The second statement said Japan does not have the courage to change history, promote regional peace and stability, and take the first step for fresh bilateral relations. It said bilateral relations must not be used as a strategy by Japan's prime minister.

The statement added that Pyongyang would welcome Japan if it is ready to make a new start, not being obsessed by the past.

The Japanese government says at least 17 of its citizens were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 1980s. Five were repatriated after a bilateral summit in 2002, but the other 12 remain unaccounted for.