Japan defends US-S. Korea military drills

2018-05-16 06:08:16 GMT2018-05-16 14:08:16(Beijing Time) 

A senior Japanese official says Tokyo considers the U.S.-South Korea joint exercise, along with those between the three allies, as key pillars of deterrence in the region.

Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura says Japan is moving ahead with the preparation for planned talks between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump in hopes they would provide a momentum toward comprehensively resolving North Korea’s problems.

Nishimura says Japan will continue to cooperate with the U.S. and South Korea and they agree on the need to maintain sanctions until the North changes its current policy.

He says: “We believe that steady implementation of U.S.-South Korea joint military exercise is important to maintain the regional peace and safety.”

North Korea has canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea on Wednesday over U.S.-South Korean military drills and says it has no interest in the summit with Trump if it’s going to be a “one-sided” affair where it’s pressured to give up its nukes.

Agencies

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