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30 March, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • EAM Sushma Swaraj arrives in Tokyo on a three-day visit to Japan

"We have been communicating with North Korea through various occasions and means such as a route via our embassy in Beijing, but I would like to refrain from going into specifics", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India in September previous year for the annual bilateral summit gave fresh impetus to the ties.

A Chongryon spokesman in Tokyo declined to comment on the Asahi report.

His finance minister, Taro Aso, echoed that view and said some of the responsibility for the trade imbalance rested with the United States.

The Asahi newspaper reported Thursday that Kim's administration has mentioned a possible summit with Abe in June following one with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Addressing a gathering of the diaspora in Tokyo, Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said that India's relations with Japan have strengthened under the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kim met President Xi Jinping in China this week, his first trip overseas as the North Korean leader.

Trump's decision to meet Kim has sparked concern in Japan that its security concerns might be ignored.

He said this in reaction to Un's surprise visit to China on Wednesday. Swaraj will be attending and be co-chairing the 9th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue.

"There are expectations in North Korea that Japan could provide an economic assistance package ranging anywhere between $20 billion to $50 billion (2.1 trillion yen to 5.3 trillion yen) once diplomatic relations are normalized", the source added.

Those steps include resolving the abductee issue, as well as Pyongyang's missile and nuclear weapons development.

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