Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson agreed Thursday that their countries will closely coordinate strategic goals as the U.S. side is reviewing its policy on North Korea.
At a meeting with Abe, Tillerson explained that, to strengthen pressure on North Korea, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump keeps all options on the table, including the use of military force, according to officials familiar with their talks.
The Japanese side is believed to have conveyed to Tillerson its hope that the U.S. government will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism again.
Abe and Tillerson also agreed to strengthen coordination among the two countries plus South Korea in dealing with the North and urge China's active involvement.
"It's important to recognize that the diplomatic and other efforts of the past 20 years to bring North Korea to a point of denuclearization have failed," Tillerson told a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, ahead of the talks with Abe.
STREET FOOD! We're back for more in one of Japan's most traditional cities, Nara.
What was once Japan's capitol is now a place loaded with delicious street food for humans and deer alike. So, what's Nara got to offer? I hope you're hungry! (ONLY in JAPAN )
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)
New textbooks authorized for use in Japan's senior high schools from April next year contain more descriptions on foreign and defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government, such as the ability to engage in collective self-defense, according to the results of the education ministry's latest textbook screening disclosed Friday. (Japan Today)