Trump, Japan PM meeting to focus on North Korea

WASHINGTON, Upcoming talks between US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will focus on North Korea, a senior administration official said Friday.

Trump will host the Prime Minister for a second time at his private resort, Mar-a-Lago, in Florida on April 17-19. This comes ahead of the the first-ever US-North Korean summit tentatively set for sometime in May or early June.

According to a senior administration official speaking on background to reporters, the working visit “is primarily for the two leaders to continue their close coordination on North Korea and to exchange views on the way forward for a summit between Trump and the leader of North Korea [Kim Jong-Un].” Trump and Abe have been in “constant contact in recent weeks” since he accepting an invitation to meet with Kim, the official confirmed. Trump has met with Abe more than any other leader, and “has a great deal of respect for Prime Minister Abe’s views on North East Asian security. He will certainly want to know what additional thoughts (Abe) has beyond what he has already shared.” Their meeting will kick-off on April 17 with a one-on-one meeting between Abe and Trump, followed by a small group discussion that will include top US and Japanese National Security officials.

The next day, the leaders will take part in a larger bilateral meeting where they can expand their discussion beyond North Korea.

“Key topics are likely to include US and Japan’s shared priorities across the Indo-Pacific region, including how the two countries can work together to ensure universal access to affordable energy, high quality trade and investment standards, freedom of the seas, and respect for human rights and international law,” the senior administration official said.

“The President and Prime Minister will also talk about ways to deepen bilateral trade relationship. They are expected to give a joint press conference highlighting areas of mutual interest and cooperation,” the official said.

Source: Kuwait News Agency