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Suga comments on media report about Japan’s “secret” meeting with North Korea

All networks except TBS reported at noon on a Washington Post report on Tuesday that Japan and North Korea allegedly held a “secret” meeting in Vietnam in July without informing the United States. The talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, the head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song Hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.


According to NHK, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters this morning: “I am aware of the media report, but I would like to refrain from commenting in an official capacity on specific items in the report….The government will make all-out efforts to resolve the abduction, nuclear, and missile issues in a comprehensive manner.” Meanwhile, the network also reported online that Director of Cabinet Intelligence Kitamura told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Abe at the Kantei this morning: “I can’t comment on the report.”

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