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Secretary Pompeo, FM Kono confirm cooperation in addressing DPRK issues

All national dailies reported on a teleconference held between Secretary of State Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kono on Thursday. The papers wrote that the two officials confirmed cooperation between the United States and Japan in addressing the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs and abductions of Japanese nationals ahead of the U.S.-DPRK summit to be held in Hanoi on Feb. 27-28. The papers added that the Secretary and the foreign minister also agreed to hold another teleconference after the U.S.-DPRK summit and possibly arrange a face-to-face meeting if necessary. The papers quoted Kono as telling reporters after speaking with the Secretary that the United States and Japan are on the same page with regard to seeking the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of all weapons of mass destruction and missiles of all ranges. The papers wrote that the two officials also discussed President Trump’s planned visit to Japan in May.

 

NHK also reported on the teleconference on Thursday evening, saying that Kono and Pompeo agreed to coordinate to hold a U.S.-Japan or U.S.-Japan-ROK foreign ministerial after the U.S.-DPRK summit in Hanoi.

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