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Japan sees no impact from Tillerson exit on North Korea policy: The Japanese government on Wednesday ruled out any negative impact from the dismissal of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on its cooperation with Washington in dealing with North Korea.

“The Japanese and the U.S. governments have closely communicated with each other through various channels, including between Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe and President (Donald) Trump. In that sense, we do not anticipate any negative impact,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference.

The top government spokesman also underlined that Tokyo, Washington and Seoul will maintain their policy to keep putting “maximum pressure” on Pyongyang to prod it to give up its nuclear and missile programs as well as resolve the issue of the North’s past abduction of Japanese nationals.

Trump dismissed Tillerson on Tuesday amid rifts over such issues as the Iran nuclear accord and the approach toward North Korea, and appointed Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo as his successor.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono also said he does not think the U.S. chief diplomat’s exit will have an impact in the run-up to the envisioned U.S.-North Korea summit by May.

“I’ve heard that President Trump led the decision (to hold the talks). So I believe the mainstream (policy) will be unaffected,” Kono told reporters at his ministry.

Last week, Trump accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s proposal to hold a first-ever meeting between incumbent leaders of the two countries in the coming months. Read more

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Japan sees no impact from Tillerson exit on North Korea policy: The Japanese government on Wednesday ruled out any negative impact from the dismissal of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on its cooperation with Washington in dealing with North Korea.

“The Japanese and the U.S. governments have closely communicated with each other through various channels, including between Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe and President (Donald) Trump. In that sense, we do not anticipate any negative impact,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference.