Kono, Pompeo Discuss N.korea's Projectiles

Kono, Pompeo discuss N.Korea's projectiles

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have reaffirmed the close cooperation between their countries following North Korea's firing of projectiles.

Kono and Pompeo talked for about 30 minutes over the phone on Friday, the day after North Korea fired two projectiles into the Sea of Japan. The South Korean government says they were a new type of short-range ballistic missile.

Kono and Pompeo agreed that Japan, the US and South Korea will work closely together to achieve the denuclearization of North Korea.

The Japanese government plans to lodge a protest against the North if it is confirmed that the projectiles were ballistic missiles.

Arrangements are underway for Kono to hold talks with Pompeo on the sidelines of an international conference in Thailand next week.