Jun 13, 2018 20:11 Asia/Tehran
  • Japan worried about Trump’s plans to suspend drills

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera has expressed concern over a possible suspension of U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises.

 Japan is concerned about the statement made by US President Donald Trump concerning plans to suspend the joint US-South Korean military exercises, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Wednesday.

"Resolving nuclear, missile and abduction issues are our final aim," Japanese Defense Minister said, adding, "We would like to ask North Korea to make policy changes in a visible way."

"Japan will maintain pressure on North Korea", Onodera added.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's announcement about the lack of need to hold yet another US-South Korean drill will contribute to ensuring a steady pace [in the Korean settlement].

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their first ever meeting in the hope of finding a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

The United States, which has substantial presence in South Korea, was on a war footing with North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.

The development resurrected hopes that Trump and Kim could try to find a solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula that has escalated over the past year.