Quoted: Japan Times on Mike Pompeo Confirmation Hearing Comments

Mike Pompeo optimistic on Kim-Trump summit, but ‘America first’ remarks likely to trigger concern in Tokyo and Seoul

However Mintaro Oba, a former State Department diplomat specializing in North Korea, said that a U.S. Secretary of State’s “foremost obligation is to represent the United States,” which made it “appropriate for Pompeo to prioritize addressing the threat as it pertains to the American people.”
“That said, effectively advancing U.S. interests also requires strong alliances, and it’s important for him to understand that the United States suffers, too, if no one wants to be our ally because we’ve thrown the ones we have under the bus,” Oba said. “Our alliance commitments matter.”


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