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Pompeo shortens upcoming Asia trip and will only visit Japan

Secretary cancels South Korea and Mongolia portions after Trump falls ill

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not go to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart for Japan on Sunday but will not go to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned, the State Department said on Saturday, after President Donald Trump was diagnosed and hospitalized due to the coronavirus.

Initially, Pompeo planned to visit all three countries between Oct. 4 and Oct 8. He is still set to leave for Tokyo on Sunday but will be returning to Washington on Oct. 6 after consultations with his Japanese counterparts and attending a wider meeting with foreign ministers of India and Australia.

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