On July 8, commencing at around 10:55 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Ministers' Meeting with the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, and H.E. Dr. Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the ROK, who were visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
At the beginning, Secretary Pompeo explained in detail his exchanges with North Korea during his recent visit to North Korea from July 6 to 7.
Minister Kono once again expressed his respect for the great efforts by Secretary Pompeo in order to implement the agreement between the leaders of the United States and North Korea that was confirmed in the joint statement released following the recent U.S.-North Korea Summit, and stated that both Japan and the ROK will support the talks that the United States pursues. In addition, Secretary Pompeo explained that he raised the abductions issue during his recent visit to North Korea, and Minister Kono expressed his gratitude.
Furthermore, the three ministers confirmed their shared goal of seeking the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner based on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, and shared their views that they will work together to urge North Korea to take concrete actions towards the complete implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. The three ministers confirmed that they will continue to closely align their future policies, and that Japan and the United States and Japan, the United States and the ROK will coordinate closely.