Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has disclosed that the United States told Japan before the second US-North Korea summit that little progress was expected.
Kono told a Lower House committee on Friday that it's disappointing that the summit in Vietnam broke down without any agreement. But he said Washington had expressed pessimism during working-level talks with Japan before the summit.
Japan's foreign minister has expressed hope for reaching a nuclear deal between the United States and North Korea before the 2020 US presidential election.
Taro Kono was speaking to reporters on Friday ahead of the planned second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has suggested that if the United States quits the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a new treaty that would cover nuclear powers including China should be created.
Kono spoke to reporters on Friday. The United States is likely to withdraw from the INF treaty it signed with the Soviet Union in 1987.
Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on South Korea to honor its international pledges, in his foreign policy speech to the Diet on Monday.
Kono urged South Korea to keep its international promises, including its agreement with Japan to settle the issue of rights to claim, as well as the agreement to settle the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have agreed to meet in mid-February to discuss the second US-North Korea summit.
Kono talked with Pompeo over the phone for about 20 minutes on Monday morning. Kono was briefed on the negotiations between the United States and North Korea.
Ieiri Leo has revealed the short PV for her new song "Kono Sekai de."
"Kono Sekai de" is the opening theme for movie 'Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch' to open in theaters on February 9 and will be released as Ieiri's new single on January 30. Directed by Mitch Nakano, the PV shows Ieiri singing at three locations: a beach in Kujukuri, Chiba, atop a building in Tokyo, and the director's home.