Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers' Meeting
October 6, 2018
On October 6, commencing at around 6:20 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers' Meeting with The Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States, who was visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Prior to Secretary Pompeo’s visit to North Korea from the following day, based on the discussion held during Secretary Pompeo’s courtesy call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two foreign ministers held an in-depth discussion and closely aligned their policies regarding the issue of North Korea.
- More specifically, based on their shared goal of achieving the full implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions towards the denuclearization of North Korea, the two foreign ministers exchanged their views on how Japan and the U.S., as well as Japan, the U.S, and ROK, will closely coordinate their policies. In addition, the two leaders reaffirmed that Japan and the U.S. will continue working together to resolve the abductions issue.
- In addition, the two foreign ministers shared the view that after Secretary Pompeo’s visit to North Korea, they will contact each other in an appropriate manner concerning the result of his visit.
- Furthermore, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on topics such as the situation in Iran.