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N. Korean Leader's Sister: Japanese PM's Pyongyang Visit Might Come

N. Korean Leader's Sister: Japanese PM's Pyongyang Visit Might Come

The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed an optimistic perspective on future relations between North Korea and Japan, even hinting at a possible visit to Pyongyang by Japan’s leader.

In a statement carried by the North’s state Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) on Thursday, Kim Yo-jong said that the two countries can build a new future together if Japan makes a political decision to open up a new way of improving bilateral relations. 

Kim said that as long as Japan does not create any stumbling blocks, such as the already settled abduction issue, there is no reason for the two countries to remain distant and added that there could come a day when Japan's leader visits Pyongyang.

The abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea remains a critical issue in Japan and a major hurdle for bilateral relations. 

Kim's statement referred to remarks by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a Diet committee session last week, in which he expressed a strong need to boldly change the current situation between the two nations. 

Kim, however, noted that the leadership of North Korea does not have any plans to improve its relationship with Japan for now, adding it will adopt a wait-and-see approach regarding Kishida's intentions.

Kim added that her statement only represents her "personal view" and that she is not in a position to officially comment on bilateral ties.

[Photo : KBS News]

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