Kono, Pompeo Agree To Keep Pressure On N.korea

Kono, Pompeo agree to keep pressure on N.Korea

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have agreed to seek concrete actions by North Korea for the complete abolition of all of its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

Kono and Pompeo held talks in Washington on Wednesday.

During the talks, they coordinated their stances on North Korea ahead of the planned US-North Korean summit.

Pompeo has been playing a leading role in preparations for the summit, scheduled to take place on June 12th in Singapore.

The two officials agreed that their countries need to maintain pressure on the North so that it will take concrete action toward the complete abolition of all of its weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, and ballistic missiles.

They also agreed to closely cooperate to resolve the issue of the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korean agents.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Kono said he agrees with US President Donald Trump that holding the summit will be meaningless unless conditions are met. Kono said the ultimate goal is to resolve the issues of the North's nuclear and missile development and the abduction of Japanese nationals.