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U.S., Japanese foreign ministers share deep concern about DPRK

Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi and Secretary of State Blinken held talks at Happoen in Tokyo yesterday and agreed to enhance mutual cooperation to deal with North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, about which they shared “deep concerns.” The two diplomats also confirmed their intention to step up trilateral coordination with South Korea with China’s robust military buildup in mind. The Secretary reportedly reiterated President Biden’s security commitment to Japan, including through the nuclear umbrella. As for “extended deterrence,” the two officials reportedly committed to holding even closer communications to strengthen its reliability at all times. The two ministers also discussed the war in Ukraine and China’s maritime advancement. While welcoming the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, Hayashi reportedly called for the United States’ return to the TPP. Nikkei wrote that the Secretary and the foreign minister agreed to expedite discussions on the details of the economic version of a U.S.-Japan 2+2 meeting which is planned to be held in July. Asahi carried a similar story.

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