Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi On July 10, he met with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun to discuss the situation Korean peninsula amid North Korea’s refusal to resume calls negotiate.
Mr. Biegun is making a 2-day visit to Tokyo, after visiting Seoul for 3 days to discuss with Korean officials about his efforts. denuclearize Korea.
Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi and US Deputy Secretary of State are also expected to discuss other issues in the region.
During the visit to Japan, Mr. Biegun will also have separate meetings with Defense Minister Taro Kono and Mr. Shigeru Kitamura – the national security advisor of the Prime Minister of Japan, on July 10.
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Kono may inform Biegun of Tokyo’s decision to cancel plans to deploy the US-designed Aegis Ashore surface-to-air missile defense system.
As the highest US official to visit Japan since the travel restriction order was imposed to curb the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory tract infection, Mr. Biegun and his delegation were exempt from the ban. entry for people from the US and South Korea, provided they have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus and restricted contact with unattended people.
Biegun is expected to leave Japan at the end of July 10.
Mr. Biegun’s visit to Japan and South Korea was conducted amidst tense relations between the two Koreas, after the border inter-Korean liaison office was destroyed in an explosion attributed to Seoul. Pyongyang conducted, and North Korea announced the rearrangement of troops in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two regions in mid-June.
During his visit to Korea, Mr. Biegun expressed Washington’s strong support for inter-Korean cooperation and reaffirmed that the United States is ready to resume talks with North Korea at any time.
Speaking in Seoul on July 8, Mr. Biegun confirmed that the door of the dialogue remained open because North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “had appointed a dialogue partner.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 9 also declared Washington “very hopeful” to continue dialogue with North Korea, including yet another summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. if appropriate.
On the Korean side, on July 10, Kim Yo-jong, a senior member of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un, announced the organization of a Another summit with the United States was “unnecessary” and “useless” for North Korea as long as Washington did not change the negotiating stance.
“This is my personal opinion, but this year there will not be any summit meeting between the US and North Korea,” KCNA Central News Agency quoted Kim Yo-jong as saying. If there is no decisive change in the US position, a summit between North Korea and the United States is unnecessary and useless this year and in the future, at least for us. “
However, Kim Yo-jong emphasized that this does not mean that North Korea will not denuclearize.
She said: “We are not saying that we will not denuclearize, but that we cannot denuclearize now.”
She called on the United States to take “important steps” and abandon “hostile policy” toward North Korea.