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

Japanese policemen in protective gear at the port of Yokosuka yesterday checking for mock chemical agents in a multinational drill aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Japanese policemen in protective gear at the port of Yokosuka yesterday checking for mock chemical agents in a multinational drill aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. PHOTO: REUTERS
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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 hours after United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told lawmakers that North Korea was still making nuclear material, and days after a report showed Pyongyang has begun dismantling key facilities at a site used to develop engines for ballistic missiles.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 27, 2018, with the headline Japan, North Korea leaders' meeting up in the air amid mixed signals on denuclearisation. Subscribe