November 17, 2019 / 8:12 AM / 25 days ago

Japan tells U.S. 'no one could be optimistic about North Korea'

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono attends a news conference at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono told his U.S. and South Korea counterparts on Sunday that “no one could be optimistic about North Korea,” shortly after Washington and Seoul announced plans to postpone upcoming military drills in a bid to encourage stalled peace efforts.”No one could be optimistic about North Korea. North Korea has repeatedly launched more than 20 missiles this year, including new types of ballistic missiles, as well as a submarine-launched ballistic missile,” Kono said at the opening of a so-called “trilateral” meeting of the defence chiefs in Bangkok, before news media were escorted from the room.

Reporting by Phil Stewart

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