The government said on Friday that South Korean President Moon Jae-in had promised to help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resolve the issue of Japanese abducted by North Korea and agreed to keep maximum pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

Abe spoke with Moon by telephone, the first time the two have talked directly since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un asked to meet U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Abe explained to Moon that Japan is seeking a resolution to the abduction issue as well as the nuclear weapons and missile programs," Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura said.