Acting Secretary Shanahan En Route Press Gaggle – Singapore to ROK

June 2, 2019

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Q:  Yeah, what was your key take away from that today?

SEC. SHANAHAN:  Well, the biggest takeaway for me was the level of cooperation and interaction between the Republic of Korea and Japan.  I mean, the — Minister Iwaya and Minister Jeong have a very good relationship.  Cohesion there was quite high and they’re very good to work with.  And when you think about the situation with North Korea and really being able to not just pick up the phone but address concerns and issues, having that type of open and warm relationship makes, in a very dynamic environment like we have, gives you confidence that we’ll be able to stay aligned.

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