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Top US diplomat Campbell in Japan to discuss North Korea

 Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, top center, speaks to the media after meeting with South Kor...
 U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell speaks to the press at the Foreign Ministry after his meeting with...

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Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, top center, speaks to the media after meeting with South Kor...

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell speaks to the press at the Foreign Ministry after his meeting with...

Kurt Campbell, US assistant secretary of state for Asia, arrived in Japan Friday to discuss North Korean issues with Japanese officials.

“We talked in some detail about developments on the Korean Peninsula, and the need for close coordination between the United States and Japan and South Korea,” Campbell said after meetings with Japanese officials in Tokyo. “We talked extensively about our mutual desire to see peace and stability, and to share information with all the key players, including China.”

Campbell had visited South Korea and China this week as North Korea undergoes a transition of power after the death of Kim Jong Il in December. Kim’s son Kim Jong Un has been designated the successor.

Campbell said that the US, South Korea and Japan will meet to discuss North Korean issues and regional affairs. “The exact date, we are still coordinating among our partners,” he said.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and Chinese President Hu Jintao will have a summit on Jan 9, which will consider a free-trade agreement and also include discussion of North Korea’s leadership succession.


Updated : 2021-07-30 19:31 GMT+08:00