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Abe Says Trump-Kim Summit Built Foundation for Denuclearization

  • Japan prime minister seeks verifiable, irreversible process
  • Tells Nippon TV that Japan will help fund cost of inspections
The demolition of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on May 24.
The demolition of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site on May 24.Source: Handout/Getty Images AsiaPac

The summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un built a foundation for denuclearization on the Korean peninsula, but the process needs to be verifiable and irreversible, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a television interview Saturday.

Japan will contribute to the cost of denuclearization, but the money will go toward supporting the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency, not directly to North Korea, Abe reiterated in the interview on Nippon TV’s “Wake Up! Plus” morning program. He said bearing the cost is natural because Japan feels the threat from the North’s nuclear arsenal and stands to benefit from peace.