TOKYO – For the second time in two days, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis seeks to appease an Asian ally's concern over America's commitment to the region in the midst of ongoing denuclearization negotiations with North Korea.
Friday with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and told reporters that his visit is "just as strong as we prioritize this relationship between our two military leaders."
Mattis added that the US is still engaged in unprecedented negotiations "with North Korea," in this dynamic period, the long-standing alliance between Japan and the United States is set. There is absolute assurance between us both that we stand firm "and relations are not affected by the denuclearization talks.
At the beginning of the month, Onodera called on the international community to maintain sanctions and oversight of North Korea (19659009) Singapore told Onodera that North Korea was ready to abandon nuclear weapons in 1994 but secretly continued to develop it and threatened surrounding countries with a threat until last year Series of ballistic missile launches
On Friday, he said the US and Japan needed to work together "Dismantling All North Korea's Weapons of Mass Destruction, Including Biological and Chemical Weapons and Ballistic Missiles in All Areas"  Mattis said the two discussed "the opportunities to expand our Alliance capabilities, deepen our co-operation, and strengthen regional S to improve my life.
Referring to the minister's small, blue, ribbon-shaped pin, Mattis offered support for efforts to secure the release of 12 Japanese citizens abducted by the North Koreans four decades ago Her abductions and Japan have argued for her release as part of the ongoing negotiations with Pyongyang.
Mattis said that such humanitarian issues are always present in the deliberations.
On Thursday, Mattis met with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo assured him that the US would retain its current troop numbers on the Korean peninsula.
Mattis read alongside Song a lengthy statement affirming America's "ironic" commitment to Seoul, adding, "The US will carry on to use the full range of diplomatic and military capabilities to sustain this commitment lten. "
During the meeting in Tokyo, Onodera Mattis presented a paddle similar to that used by sumo wrestlers, adorned with his name: Mattis handed Onodera a blue tie with small images of the Pentagon.
After their meeting, Onodera said, they agreed to continue joint military exercises and increase the responsiveness of the US-Japan alliance.
The US and Japan agreed to work with other countries to combat North Sea offshore sea-to-ship transfers, The Japanese Navy has been actively seeking photographic evidence of possible sanctions against the US and has submitted relevant evidence.
Long-standing sensitivities to the presence of American forces in Japan have also surfaced. on the reorientation of US troops in Japan and to increase the security of aircraft of the American military work.
Under the reorientation, the US would deploy several thousand Okinawa marines to Guam's US territory and elsewhere as part of efforts to reduce the impact of the US military's major presence on Okinawa residents.
The US also plans to relocate a Marine Corps Air Station to a less populated part of Okinawa, but the move has been postponed for years by local opponents who want the plant to be completely moved away from Okinawa
safety of aircraft has increased. A series of mishaps involving US military aircraft have sparked opposition to US bases in Japan in recent months, especially in Okinawa, the southern island that houses half of US troops in Japan.
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