Bad blood between North Korea and Japan keeps Abe on the outs - CNN
Japan seeks to normalize its relations with North Korea, in accordance with the Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration, through. “Cooperation between Japan, the United States and South Korea is a senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected for the third term as the there were some movements on Japan-North Korea relations.
For instance, he could offer to decouple the abductee matter from nuclear and missile talks with North Korea, securing instead a North Korean commitment to continue talks on the abduction matter regardless of the status of nuclear negotiations.
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This may help Abe to get out of the current stalemate without appearing to weaken his commitment to the resolution of the abduction issue. Politically, as well, Abe may be in the position to be able to take some risks once he enters his final years as prime minister before his term concludes in Although his popularity is not high, his tenure as the prime minister has been stable due to a complete collapse of the opposition party.
Even though the public does not necessarily support Abe enthusiastically, their opinion of the opposition party is even less and unlikely to change in the near future. As such, Abe enters the last years of premiership with relatively stable political standing. Of course, there is a big question whether Abe will take advantage of his potential for breaking precedents.
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Normalization of relations with Japan also raises the possibility of North Korea's gaining monetary compensation for the period of Japan's colonial rule —45a precedent set when Japan normalized relations with South Korea. Pyongyang has demanded compensation for damages incurred during colonial rule as well as for "sufferings and losses" in the post-World War II period. Japan, however, insists that North Korea first resolve its differences with South Korea over the question of bilateral nuclear inspections.
Other points of contention are North Korea's refusal both to provide information about Japanese citizens who had migrated to North Korea with their Korean spouses in the s,  and the issue of Japanese soldiers taken prisoner by the Soviets during WWII and sent to North Korea. North Korean abductions of Japanese citizens The abductions of Japanese citizens from Japan by agents of the North Korean government occurred during a period of six years from to For many years North Korea denied the abductions, but it admitted to 13 of them in North Korea eventually returned five of the thirteen kidnapped, claiming the other eight had died.
Many North Korean citizens rely on money sent from relatives in Japan.
Some in Japan believe that the government should threaten to cut off those remittances to force Pyongyang to make concessions. Others believe that the political right in Japan is exploiting that and other issues to advance its own nationalist agenda.
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The White House also needs to work with Seoul on reconciliation and confidence-building measures in tandem with denuclearization efforts. In contrast, there has been no substantive progress on denuclearization between Washington and Pyongyang since the Trump-Kim Singapore summit last July. It might be that Pyongyang is loading on demands in preparation for giving up some nuclear assets and information.
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On the other hand, it could mean that Kim has no intention of giving up the nuclear program but is trying to weaken the U. American troops and armaments, together with the highly competent South Korean military, are the bedrock of deterrence against any type of military adventurism, conventional and nuclear, by Pyongyang.
Putting THAAD on the negotiating table would be a bold gesture by the United States toward constructive engagement, which much of the world — including South and North Korea — are seeking. Another confidence-building move would be for the United States and the United Nations Security Council to facilitate the resumption of humanitarian aid funding and activities inside North Korea while preserving some of the hard-core sanctions, especially around dual use technologies and equipment that could be diverted for military use.
Sincemany aid workers have been blocked by U.