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Gist of meeting between Sec. Pompeo, FM Kono on Aug. 4

Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: We will seek the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of all of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges. We will work together to prompt North Korea to take concrete actions toward the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Japan, the U.S., and South Korea will continue to cooperate in addressing the issue of (illicit offshore) ship-to-ship cargo transfers (in which North Korea is suspected of being involved.)


Kono: Japan is determined to hold direct talks with North Korea and to take every step toward an early resolution of the abduction issue by cooperating with the U.S. and other members of the international community.


Kono, Pompeo: Japan and the U.S. will cooperate toward the resolution of the abduction issue.


Kono, Pompeo: Japan and the U.S. will advance cooperation toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific based on the rule of law.

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