Photo/Illutration North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter Kim Ju Ae during a meeting in Pyongyang on May 16 (KCNA via REUTERS. Image was provided by a third party.

Japan’s prime minister said Saturday he was willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try and resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted in the 1960s and 1970s.

“I am determined to face Kim Jong Un directly myself, without any preconditions,” Fumio Kishida said at a gathering on the issue in Tokyo.

Pyongyang admitted in 2002 to abducting 13 Japanese citizens decades before. Five abductees and their families later returned to Japan. North Korea said the others had died.

However, Tokyo believes 17 Japanese were abducted, and continues to investigate the fate of those who didn’t return.