US Vice President Mike Pence will officially visit Japan next week and discuss issues related to North Korea with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese official spokesman said today.
Pence will arrive in Japan on his way to Singapore, where he will participate in a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which will be inaugurated next Tuesday.
The Japanese government's spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed Pence's visit to Tokyo and his interview with Abe on Tuesday, before the US vice president moves to Singapore that same day.
"It will be a good opportunity to confirm the relationship between the two countries on pending issues, such as North Korea," Suga said at his daily press conference.
Suga did not specify what specific issues would be considered, but Tokyo follows closely the efforts to achieve denuclearization of North Korea, an initiative that has been overturned by the Administration of Donald Trump.
But, in addition, Japan is looking for international support to demand the Pyongyang regime to solve the kidnapping of at least 17 Japanese perpetrated by North Korean secret agents between 1977 and 1983.
The US vice president will arrive in Tokyo days after Washington announced the postponement of a meeting between the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a delegation of the Pyongyang regime.
At that meeting, both parties were scheduled to review details of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, for which there is no date or venue yet.
On the other hand, Suga, asked about the recent US legislative elections, avoided making political assessments but stressed the firmness of the US alliance. and Japan.
This Wednesday, in a press conference to discuss different issues, Trump said that Japan "does not treat the United States with justice" in terms of its commercial relations.
"They send us millions of cars with a very low tariff, and they do not take our vehicles," Trump added, repeating positions he has expressed on previous occasions.