May 16, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Yuka Matsumoto and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has discussed with his Japanese counterpart the growing tension in the Middle East.
  2. The U.S. State Department has ordered non-emergency government employees in Iraq to leave the country.
  3. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has disclosed that the United States and China will likely resume ministerial-level trade talks at an early date.