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Abe pitches idea of international funding framework on North Korean denuclearization


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday indicated the possibility of setting up an international framework for funding aimed at achieving the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Abe said on a television program that he sees “for example, creating an organization” specifically for the denuclearization of the North as a way of moving forward on the issue.

The Japanese leader said this would not be tantamount to directly funding North Korea.

His remarks come after the first-ever summit between the United States and North Korea on Tuesday in Singapore. The meeting, focused on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, was the first-ever summit between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint document that includes Pyongyang’s commitment to the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula.

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