Japan-North Korea leaders' meeting up in the air amid mixed signals on denuclearisation

A satellite image said to show the partial dismantling of a transfer structure at the Sohae nuclear launch site in North Korea.
A satellite image said to show the partial dismantling of a transfer structure at the Sohae nuclear launch site in North Korea.PHOTO: AFP/PLEIADES @ CNES

TOKYO - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono did not confirm nor deny domestic speculation that he might meet North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho in Singapore next week, amid mixed signals from Pyongyang on its vow to denuclearise.

He was speaking to The Straits Times on Thursday (July 26), hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers that North Korea was still making nuclear material, and days after a top think-tank report showed that Pyongyang has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles.

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