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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent personal letters to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un between May and September proposing the two sides hold a summit, a major South Korean daily said Wednesday. The report was later denied by Tokyo.

Shotaro Yachi, then head of the secretariat for the National Security Council, traveled to Pyongyang as Abe’s special envoy three times during the period to deliver the letters, the Chosun Ilbo said, citing a South Korean intelligence source.

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