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Suga comments on CIA chief Pompeo’s secret meeting with Kim Jong Un

All networks reported on a U.S. media report that CIA Director Pompeo secretly visited North Korea and met with Kim Jong Un about two weeks ago. NHK quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters this morning: “Japan and the United States always work closely at all levels, including this summit, and share information. But I will refrain from commenting on diplomatic exchanges.” Fuji TV said although it is unclear what they discussed, the meeting was apparently held for the purpose of laying the groundwork for the upcoming U.S.-DPRK summit. The network said it is extremely rare for a senior USG official who will soon be in charge of diplomatic policy to visit Pyongyang. Noting that President Trump told PM Abe on Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are “holding extremely high-level direct talks,” the network said this demonstrates the Trump administration’s strong enthusiasm for the U.S.-DPRK summit. 

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