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Foreign Minister Kono hopes to meet with Secretary Pompeo soon

NHK’s website took up a comment issued by Foreign Minister Kono on the Senate confirmation of Michael Pompeo as secretary of state. “The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance is growing amid the increasingly severe security situation in this region, including the North Korea problem,” he said. “We would like to coordinate closely with the United States to bring peace and stability to the region and the international community. I would like to meet with the Secretary as soon as possible and exchange views with him in a candid manner so as to further strengthen the ironclad bond between the U.S. and Japan.” The foreign minister also told the press: “Since I was able to forge very solid bonds with former  Secretary Tillerson, I would like to do the same with Secretary Pompeo.”   

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