Japan's ministers comment on Trump-Kim summit

Government ministers in Japan have reacted to the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he strongly hopes the summit will lead to progress in reining in North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missiles, and solving the abductions issue, a key priority for Japan.

Suga said Japan will certainly cooperate for the purpose of making the meeting historic and a major step toward peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono said the focus is on whether the North clearly commits to the complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantling of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear arms, and all ballistic missiles.

Kono said he will closely watch the Trump-Kim talks on Japanese abductees. He said it’s ultimately the issue that Japan and North Korea should discuss and resolve.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said it is important to commit the North to take concrete steps toward the complete dismantling of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles.

Onodera said given the North’s actions in the past, the international community should not trust any promises made until it takes concrete action.

He said until North Korea does this, Japan will stay on alert.



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