Fm Kono Welcomes Trump - Kim Summit


FM Kono welcomes Trump-Kim summit

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he supports the proposed resumption of negotiations between the United States and North Korea.

Kono spoke with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by phone on Sunday after the third meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kono told reporters that Pompeo briefed him on the summit, and that they coordinated their policies.

The minister said Japan welcomes the meeting and hopes it will lead to the resumption of the US-North Korean dialogue that has been stalled since the Hanoi summit.

Kono also said the US-North Korea summit will help pave the way for talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim Jong Un.

Referring to sanctions on North Korea, Kono said the US has been maintaining its policy. He said the sanctions will be removed if denuclearization is achieved, and that Japan and the US are in agreement on what needs to be done going forward.

Asked whether the issue of the abductions of Japanese citizens was raised at Sunday's meeting, Kono declined to disclose what Trump and Kim discussed.