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Defense secretary nominee Esper may visit Japan in early August

  • July 23, 2019
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NHK reported that it has learned from multiple sources connected to U.S.-Japan relations that arrangements are being made for Mark Esper, the nominee for defense secretary, to visit Japan for two days from Aug. 6, adding that his appointment is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday. The planned visit to Japan will be part of a five-nation tour that will include stops in Australia and South Korea. The network said that Esper is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Abe and Defense Minister Iwaya  in Tokyo and that they will likely discuss the U.S. proposal for a coalition of the willing to ensure safety of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. The broadcaster also said that Esper may urge Japan and South Korea to resolve their disagreements through dialogue because the United States regards trilateral security cooperation with these two nations as essential in dealing with the DPRK’s denuclearization and China’s rapidly expanding maritime activities.

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