TOKYO: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said yesterday he might meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to help resolve the issue of Pyongyang’s kidnapping of Japanese citizens. He was speaking the day after his senior aide arrived in Pyongyang on a surprise visit. But Abe refused to comment on the purpose of Isao Iijima’s trip to the reclusive state. When then-premier Junichiro Koizumi visited Pyongyang in 2002, North Korea admitted its agents kidnapped Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s to train spies in Japanese language and customs. Some were allowed to return to Japan along with children born in the North, and Pyongyang said the rest had died.
Two killed in Myanmar clash
YANGON: Ethnic minority guerrillas in Myanmar attacked an energy company’s compound, killing two people and wounding three, media reported yesterday, the latest incident threatening to delay the opening of pipelines taking oil and gas to China. The rebels opened fire at the compound of Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise in the north of Shan State, near the Chinese border. Agencies