Japan’s foreign minister mulls visit to Singapore ahead of Trump-Kim summit

30-May-2018 Intellasia | Straits Tmes | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Japanese Foreign minister Taro Kono is considering visiting Singapore in early June before the country is expected to host a US-North Korea summit, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday (May 29).

It quoted Japanese government sources as saying that preparations are being made for Kono to meet Singapore’s Foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan, to seek cooperation in sharing information about the June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kono plans to go to Singapore on June 9, a day after visiting Malaysia, the sources said on Monday.

He will likely ask for support in resolving the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea decades ago, they added.

Over the weekend, Trump and Kim respectively expressed their readiness to meet on June 12 as originally planned, after days of conflicting signals from both sides. On Thursday, the US president abruptly cancelled the summit, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility”.



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