Kono Willing To Meet S.korean Defense Minister

Kono willing to meet S.Korean defense minister

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono says he is ready to sit down with his South Korean counterpart during a meeting of Asia-Pacific defense ministers in Thailand next month.

Kono is considering traveling to Bangkok in mid-November to join the international meeting.

At a news conference on Tuesday, Kono expressed his intention of holding a meeting with the US and South Korean defense ministers in Bangkok. He said it is important that Japan, the US and South Korea work together at a time of repeated North Korean ballistic missiles tests.

Kono also expressed his willingness to hold discussions with South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo if the opportunity arises.

Kono may want to exchange views with Jeong before the two countries' General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, expires in late November.