Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly plans to ask US President Donald Trump that any potential US deal with North Korea take into account Japan’s “security concerns,” including the removal of ballistic missiles of all ranges.
“Japan has repeatedly made clear that Japan is seeking complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of all the weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges; and Japan’s position has not yet changed,” a Japanese Foreign Ministry official told reporters on the condition of anonymity.
Trump is likely to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12. His enthusiasm to hold the meeting with Kim has reportedly prompted concerns in Tokyo that a hasty deal between the US and North Korea would leave Japan exposed to a perceived North Korean missile threat.
Abe is scheduled to meet Trump in Washington on Thursday to discuss North Korea.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry…