Japan Gathering Info on 3rd Trump-Kim Summit

Politics

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is working to gather information on a third meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which took place in Panmunjom, on the border of North and South Korea, on Sunday.

Tokyo is keeping a close watch on whether the meeting will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea, while continuing work to arrange the first meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Kim, according to informed sources.

"We basically welcome the third Trump-Kim meeting," a senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official said, noting that supporting the U.S.-North Korea process toward the denuclearization is Japan's position.

After the meeting, held while Trump was visiting South Korea following a trip to Japan, the president said that working-level talks between the United States and North Korea will be held within two to three weeks. Ahead of the meeting, Trump stepped onto North Korean soil, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do this.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore in June 2018, for the first U.S.-North Korea summit, and in Vietnam in February this year.

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