Some international issues related to the DPRK, Ukraine and China were discussed at a meeting in Tokyo between Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin, TASS reports today, June 1, citing the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
“The parties discussed the escalating situation in the region, including the increasing nuclear and missile activities of North Korea, including yesterday’s launch of a “military reconnaissance satellite” using ballistic missile technology, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, China’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force , as well as strengthening the military coordination of China and Russia near Japan”, – the message says.
Austin reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of the United States to a free and open Indo-Pacific region and to developing strategic engagement with Japan, the Foreign Office added.
The head of the Pentagon is on a visit to Japan. After that, Austin will travel to Singapore, where he will take part in the Shangri-La Dialogue international security forum.