Secretary Pompeo Travels to Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and China

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo arrives in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, on October 7, 2018.

Secretary Pompeo Travels to Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and China

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo traveled to Tokyo, Japan; Pyongyang, DPRK; Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Beijing, China from October 6-8. Throughout the Secretary’s trip, he reiterated the Administration’s continued focus on the final, fully verifiable, denuclearization of the DPRK, and longstanding commitment to our alliances and partnerships in the region.

In Tokyo, October 6-7, Secretary Pompeo met with Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Kono to discuss next steps on DPRK engagement. They reaffirmed our commitment to the denuclearization of the DPRK, and agreed that pressure must continue until the DPRK denuclearizes. Both sides affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance and vowed to continue working closely together to address common challenges in the Indo-Pacific.

In Pyongyang, October 7, Secretary Pompeo met with Chairman Kim Jong Un. They discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim. They also discussed the upcoming second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim and refined options for the location and date of that next summit.

In Seoul, October 7-8, Secretary Pompeo met with President Moon Jae-in and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha. Secretary Pompeo briefed on his meeting with Chairman Kim, which included his introducing Chairman Kim to Special Representative for North Korea Biegun as his chief negotiator, plans for a second U.S.-DPRK summit, and discussions on achieving the commitments of the June Singapore Summit including the final, fully verified denuclearization of the DPRK as committed to by Chairman Kim and President Trump. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kang also re-affirmed their commitment to the U.S.-ROK Alliance and continued close coordination with Japan on a unified response to the DPRK.

In Beijing, October 8, Secretary Pompeo met with his Chinese counterparts to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues. The Secretary met separately with Member of the Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They discussed the overall state of the bilateral relationship.