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S. Korean FM preps trip to Tokyo for talks on N. Korea

All News 11:20 July 03, 2018

SEOUL, July 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is expected to visit Japan this weekend for a tripartite meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Japan's top diplomat Kono Taro on North Korea, an official here said Tuesday.

Pompeo plans to leave for Pyongyang on Thursday to discuss details of the communist nation's agreed-upon "complete denuclearization," according to the State Department.

It added that he is scheduled to meet "Japanese and South Korean leaders" in Tokyo shortly after his Pyongyang visit. It did not specify their names.

"Currently, consultations are under way on Foreign Minister Kang's visit to Japan and trilateral foreign ministerial talks among South Korea, the U.S. and Japan," the government official said.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha holds a joint press conference with her American and Japanese counterparts --- Mike Pompeo (R) and Kono Taro -- after their talks in Seoul on June 14, 2018. (Yonhap)

If the session is held, Pompeo will likely brief them on the results of his third-known trip to the North and exchange views on the next steps.

The secretary flew into Seoul right after the June 12 summit between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump in Singapore.


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