U.S. remains tightlipped on Japan's visit to North Korea
Glyn Davies, the U.S. State Department's special representative for North Korea policy, spoke to reporters after spending several days in Tokyo discussing international policy with his counterparts. When asked why Japan sent Isao Iijima, an aid to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to meet with officials in North Korea, Davies referred the Japanese reporters to their own government.
"I think that's a question that you may put to your own authorities," Davies said. "What I do not want to do is get into the business of betraying the confidences that were extended to me by these gentlemen that I met with yesterday. If I were to betray those confidences, then I would be acting like North Korea, and I don't want to do that."
Davies echoed the sentiments of a press briefing on Thursday when he said that he was still suffering from a deficit of information on the subject of Iijima's visit.
"Like the rest of you, I am suffering from a deficit of information," Davies said. "I simply don't know much at all about the visit, I've seen the reporting from North Korea but my understanding is that Mr. Iijima has only just come back from Pyongyang and from Beijing and is now reporting to Japanese authorities. So we look forward to getting a report on what it was he discussed, and I think what we'll do is we'll take it from there."
Davies said that moving forward the U.S. will continue to consult with the Japanese and that Japan would at some point convey more details about the Iijima trip. In closing, he said that North Korea must live up to its obligations of denuclearization.
"There can't be a comprehensive solution to the North Korea issue, all of these issues, until we find a way collectively to convince North Korea that it has no choice but to live up to its obligations and commitments," Davies said.