Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly expressed a willingness to visit North Korea to help settle the issue of abducted Japanese citizens.
Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Wednesday that Furuya Keiji, the Minister of State for the abduction issue, said Abe has said he could hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on the issue.
The minister did not elaborate on when or where Abe made the comment.
Earlier this month, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said it was important to think about how to bring the abductees home and that Tokyo would review a potential visit to the North.
North Korea recently agreed to reinvestigate the fate of the missing Japanese nationals in exchange for Tokyo loosening some sanctions.
North Korea admitted in 2002 that it had abducted 13 Japanese nationals in the late 1970s and early 80s, but Japan claims many more were kidnapped.