Amid rising tensions with N. Korea, Blinken to hold talks with Asian leaders in Hawaii

Secretary of State Antony Blinken
Secretary of State Antony Blinken(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI | AP)
Published: Feb. 4, 2022 at 10:30 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 12, 2022 at 11:05 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting Hawaii for a series of meetings with leaders from Japan, South Korea and the U.S.

On Saturday, Blinken is scheduled to meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong to discuss how they can work together to address threats from North Korea’s missile programs.

Blinken will also meet with Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

The meetings are part of a week-long tour for Blinken, whose mission is to work with Indo-Pacific allies and partners to “advance peace, resilience, and prosperity across the region and demonstrate that these partnerships deliver.”

Prior to his stop in Honolulu, Blinken traveled to Australia and Fiji to meet with senior officials to discuss a range of bilateral and global priorities.

Saturday’s meeting will be streamed by the U.S. Department of State on YouTube at 4:45 p.m., click here to watch.

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