Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono says his country is ready to dispatch experts for a possible inspection of North Korean nuclear facilities.
Kono was speaking to reporters on Monday during a visit to Indonesia.
Since the US-North Korea summit in Singapore, Tokyo has insisted on the North's facilities being inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency to advance its denuclearization.
The government has also expressed readiness to shoulder part of the inspection costs.
Kono said the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would help defuse the crisis situation for a number of countries.
He added that it's natural for countries that will benefit from disarmament to contribute in various ways.
Kono noted that the denuclearization process would require quite a number of experts and that Japan had specialized knowledge.