Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that he and US President Donald Trump will continue working closely together to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
Abe also said he and Trump held constructive talks on bilateral trade and investment. They plan to further those discussions on Thursday reports NHK..
The two leaders dined at Trump Tower in New York for more than 2 hours on Sunday. They are scheduled to meet again later this week.
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Abe told reporters that he and Trump agreed to boost the momentum created by the US-North Korea summit in June.
Abe said that before setting off to the US, he listened to the wishes of the families of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea. He conveyed their messages to Trump.
Abe said the next step is to meet directly with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss the abduction issue. He added he is determined not to miss any opportunity to settle it as soon as possible.
Japan’s Economic Revitalization Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will meet with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday.
The Trump administration has expressed eagerness to engage with Japan on a free trade agreement. It wants to reduce the US trade deficit.