During the 11-day visit, the president will ask USA allies to pressure North Korea on its nuclear program and also meet with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, whom he had earlier praised for his deadly war on drugs that has left thousands dead, according to a leaked transcript of an April phone call. During his two-day stop in Japan, prior to his arrival in Seoul, Sullivan said the U.S.is not ruling out the possibility of holding direct talks with Pyongyang.
Sullivan and Sugiyama will travel to South Korea where they will hold a trilateral meeting. "But we need to be prepared to respond to any eventuality given the unpredictable nature of the regime in Pyongyang", he said.
Kang met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama before the latter pair were due to hold talks with their South Korean counterpart Lim Sung-nam.
The vice-ministerial discussions were followed by a meeting of the countries' top envoys for now stalled nuclear disarmament talks with North Korea that also involved China and Russian Federation.
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Sugiyama, briefing reporters separately, reiterated Japan's support for President Donald Trump's policy of keeping all options open, but stressed the need for a diplomatic solution by bolstering cooperation among Japan, U.S. and South Korea, as well as via cooperation with China and Russian Federation.
He will also deliver a speech at South Korea's National Assembly to highlight the need for the worldwide community to put the strongest pressure on North Korea.
The nuclear war between the United States and the DPRK may start any moment, North Korean top diplomats said.
North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said Tuesday at the United Nations that his country plans to conduct more satellite launches, which outside governments see as a cover for banned tests of missile technologies.