All networks reported on the announcement by the State Department on Tuesday that Secretary of State Pompeo will visit Pyongyang on Oct.7 to meet with Chairman Kim. Fuji TV said this will be his fourth visit to Pyongyang, adding that the Secretary is expected to discuss with Kim ways to move forward the denuclearization process and arrange a second summit between the U.S. and the DPRK. The networks said prior to his visit to North Korea, the Secretary will make a stopover in Japan on Oct. 6-7 and meet with Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Kono. The networks said the Secretary will visit South Korea and China after North Korea.
In a related story, NHK reported online that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga told reporters this morning: “As for Japan, we hope that the agreement between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, including North Korea’s commitment toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, will be implemented fully and swiftly, through Secretary Pompeo’s visit to North Korea.” Suga added: “We hope to work more closely ahead of the Secretary’s visit to North Korea. The United States understands our position on North Korea, including the abduction issue. We plan to make thorough preparations so that we will be able to respond appropriately.”