TBS and TV-Asahi highlighted press remarks on North Korea made on Tuesday by DOS Press Secretary Nauert. She reportedly said that when Secretary Pompeo attends ASEAN-related meetings in Singapore later this week, he is likely to call for maintaining the existing sanctions on the DPRK. She was quoted as saying: “He will certainly have conversations with his counterparts from other governments about the importance of maintaining those sanctions and keeping sanctions in place.” As for a possible meeting between the Secretary and his DPRK counterpart on the margins, the spokesperson reportedly stated: “I certainly can’t preclude any interaction taking place, but we have no meetings on the schedule. Nothing is planned.” On a Washington Post story claiming that North Korea is moving ahead with the production of ICBMs, Nauert reportedly said: “What we’re going on is the commitment that Chairman Kim made to our President, and that is the commitment to denuclearize, and that is something that we certainly anticipate, that he will hold up his end of the bargain and his commitment on that.”
Meanwhile, NHK took up Nauert’s comment on the return of the remains of U.S. service members who were killed in the Korean War. She welcomed the North Korean gesture by reportedly saying: “We see that as Chairman Kim fulfilling part of the commitment that he made to the President.” The spokesperson reportedly underscored that North Korea did not ask for any money nor did the U.S. offer any money for the remains of fallen Americans.