Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to reporters about his willingness to have talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with no preconditions attached, after speaking with the U.S. President Donald Trump by phone at the official residence of prime minister on May 6. (Shiro Nishihata)

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SEOUL--North Korea blasted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for seeking a summit with Kim Jong Un with no preconditions, calling it "brazen-faced."

"He's been knocking at the gate of Pyongyang persistently and propagandizing as though the Japanese government has changed its policy," a key official was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on June 2.

"However, as is evident by (Foreign Minister Taro Kono) loudly chanting for stricter sanctions against North Korea, Japan's hostile policy toward our nation has not changed," said the spokesperson for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, an extra-departmental body of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Japan has continually backed U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its missile and nuclear programs.

The spokesperson said Japan "should atone for past sins and make a decision to mark a new history," and stated that a summit would not happen until historical issues are resolved.