All Sunday morning papers reported that Secretary of State Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono met for 20 minutes in Singapore on Saturday afternoon. Asahi wrote that Kono explained to the Secretary that he met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri on Friday and conveyed Japan’s position to him. Kono also said that Japan plans to hold talks directly with North Korea to resolve the abduction issue. Asahi said that the two ministers reconfirmed their intention seek the removal of all of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles. They also reportedly agreed to continue to cooperate in addressing the issue of illicit ship-to-ship cargo transfers involving North Korea.
The papers also reported on a trilateral foreign ministerial between the U.S., Japan, and Australia that was held after the Pompeo-Kono meeting, during which the three sides shared the view that the U.S.-DPRK process toward North Korea’s denuclearization is facing a “moment of truth” and agreed on close trilateral cooperation.