Abe, Trump discuss DPRK issue in phone talks

2019-05-07 02:24:18 GMT2019-05-07 10:24:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TOKYO, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday held phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s firing of unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast Saturday morning.

According to the Japanese government, the talks were held at the request of Abe.

The two leaders are believed to have shared information gathered since the incident on Saturday, according to Japanese officials.

Several projectiles were launched Saturday towards the northeast from the DPRK's east coast city of Wonsan for 21 minutes, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The projectiles traveled some 70 km to 200 km into the eastern waters.

The incident came after the second summit between top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un and Trump ended with no agreement in late February at the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

Abe has said that he will meet with Kim unconditionally, according to local media reports, while he previously said he would hold such talks only when progress was made on the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s.