Abe wants to meet Kim Jong Un to discuss the abductions of Japanese nationals to North Korea. [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday he was determined to meet North Korea’s leader to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korean agents, maintaining an offer to talk despite the country’s missile launches.

“I am determined to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un face to face, with no preconditions, to resolve the all-important abduction issue,” Abe said in a policy speech at the beginning of a parliamentary session.

In 2002, North Korea admitted its agents had kidnapped 13 Japanese decades before.

Japan says 17 of its citizens were abducted, five of whom were repatriated. North Korea has said eight

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