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Pompeo in Japan pledges 'fully coordinated' stance on North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Japan Saturday reassuring the long-time American ally its connection to the United States would not be negatively affected by developments in Washington's relationship with Pyongyang.

He told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe their meeting is necessary "so we have a fully coordinated and unified view" on North Korean denuclearization progress. "It is important for us to hear from you as I travel to Pyongyang to make sure that we are fully in sync with respect to missile programs [and chemical and biological weapons] programs," Pompeo said. "We will bring up the issue of [Japanese] abductees [in North Korea] as well, and then we will share with you how we hope to proceed when we are in Pyongyang tomorrow."

The secretary of state will travel to Pyongyang Sunday to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before heading to South Korea and China. Pompeo was supposed to meet Kim last month, but President Trump canceled the trip.