This can mark the very first meeting from the Security Consultative Committee — also referred to as the “two plus two” format — since April 2015 following a planned meeting recently was postponed. The talks in Washington is going to be attended by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, with Secretary of Condition Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis representing the U.S.
Washington aims to reiterate this commitment in the two-plus-two meeting and convince a apparently skeptical North Korea that it’ll not be put off by military action if required. Some pot statement around the matter is going to be issued following the talks.
This won’t be the very first time the subject continues to be addressed under Trump. Some pot statement issued following a Feb summit mentioned that “the U.S. dedication to defend Japan with the full-range of U.S. military abilities, both nuclear and traditional, is unwavering.” This marked the very first appearance from the word “nuclear” within this context within an official Japan-U.S. document in certain 40 years, based on Japan’s Foreign Ministry.
However, many have contended the growing threat from North Korea might make the nuclear umbrella a riskier proposition for that U.S. Pyongyang tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles recently, and American intelligence officials have figured that the nation is promoting a miniaturized nuclear warhead that may fit on the ballistic missile.