US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang

Oct 06, 2018, 13:26 IST | IANS

The real diplomatic test for Pompeo will come in Pyongyang

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Japan to discuss North Korea en route to Pyongyang
Mike Pompeo/Agency Photo

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Tokyo on Saturday for talks with Japanese officials ahead of his trip to North Korea.

Pompeo is under pressure to make progress on convincing North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons as President Donald Trump seeks to meet with leader Kim Jong Un for a second time after their June summit in Singapore. Pompeo will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono later Saturday to discuss their North Korea policies before heading to Pyongyang on Sunday.

Tokyo is the first stop of his three-day East Asia tour, which also takes him to South Korea and China. In Beijing, Pompeo will face tensions over trade and accusations of election interference. In contrast, Pompeo's meetings with Abe and Kono should be more relaxed. They planned to touch base and deepen cooperation on their effort to achieve North Korea's denuclearisation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Friday, though he did not elaborate.

The real diplomatic test for Pompeo will come in Pyongyang. Speaking on his plane Friday, Pompeo said his mission was to "make sure that we understand what each side is truly trying to achieve ... and how we can deliver against the commitments that were made" in Singapore. He said they would develop options, if not finalise, the location and timing of second Trump-Kim summit.

Trump and Kim made a vague "denuclearisation" agreement their June summit but deadlocked over how to achieve it. North Korea so far has suspended nuclear and missile tests, freed three American prisoners and dismantled parts of a missile engine facility and tunnel entrances at a nuclear test site. But it has not taken any steps to halt nuclear weapons or missile development.

Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

Heroes of Mumbai who make your commute easy

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK