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Utopia Talk / Politics / Japan: the US is not reliable
| Wed Aug 29 12:33:21|
It looks like Trump will have to put severe tariffs on Japan now.
Japan and North Korea held secret meeting as Shinzo Abe 'loses trust' in Donald Trump
Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports.
Talks were reportedly held between Shigeru Kitamura, head of Japan’s Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office, and Kim Song-hye, a senior North Korean official in charge of reunification.
Japan’s decision not to inform the US government of the meeting, which was reported in the Washington Post, was said to have caused “irritation” among senior officials.
The talks also reflect Tokyo’s growing concern that it is unable to depend on the US to lobby on its behalf in relation to key domestic issues such as the abduction of its citizens in North Korea.
US President Donald Trump told Tokyo following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June that he had raised the emotive issue during discussions.
However, a joint statement issued after the Singapore talks did not refer to human rights or abduction issues in North Korea, with Pyongyang taking the position that the matter had been settled.
Tokyo has long sought the return of at least a dozen Japanese nationals kidnapped by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s in order to train its spies, with Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, making it a cornerstone of his rise to power.
As Mr Abe prepares to seek his third term as prime minister, the decades-old abduction issue remains a major stumbling block in normalising diplomatic relations between Japan and North Korea.
Tokyo officials, who refused to comment on reports of the secret meeting, have acknowledged that to negotiate the return of Japanese abductees, they are unable to rely on the US, according to the Washington Post.
The meeting also hints at a cooling in the well-documented “bromance” friendship between Mr Abe and Mr Trump, with the pair known to speak regularly on the phone and enjoy hamburgers or play golf together when meeting in person.
Despite the softening in regional tensions following the Trump-Kim summit, the Japanese government has been unwavering in its hardline stance against Pyongyang.
This was reflected in Japan’s annual defence white paper, published on Tuesday, which warned that the North Korean regime continued to pose an “unprecedentedly serious and imminent threat” to the nation's security.
While Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defence minister, acknowledged in the document that Pyongyang had begun dialogue with the US and South Korea, he added: “We cannot overlook the fact that, even to this day, it possesses and fully deploys several hundred missiles that put nearly all of Japan within range.”
| Wed Aug 29 20:18:30|
Hopefully we get run right out of Asia.
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