August 29, 2017 / 2:23 AM / a year ago

Japan finmin Aso to meet VP Pence in September to discuss economy

TOKYO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that he would visit the United States from Sept. 4 to hold informal talks with Vice President Mike Pence ahead of the second round of bilateral economic talks scheduled for later this year.

Asked if the two sides would discuss North Korea, Aso said Pence was not the person directly in charge of the matter so he did not know how the issue would be discussed.

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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