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Offbeat Trump greets Japan's Abe for talks ahead of Kim summit

20:11  07 june  2018
20:11  07 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

White House says Trump and Abe agree to meet before expected U.S.-N. Korea summit

  White House says Trump and Abe agree to meet before expected U.S.-N. Korea summit U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed North Korea by phone on Monday and confirmed they would meet before an expected U.S.-North Korea summit, the White House said. A White House statement said that in their call, Trump and Abe "affirmed the shared imperative of achieving the complete and permanent dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ballistic missile programs."Earlier, Japan's Kyodo news agency quoted Abe as saying that the two leaders had agreed to cooperate to make the summit between the U.S. president and North Korean leader meaningful.

Trump cancels summit with Kim ; North Korea still wants talks . Trump greeted Abe at the red-carpeted door of the mansion as the pair posed for photos ahead of a planned one-on-one meeting. Abe will be seeking reassurance from Trump that security threats to Japan won't be overlooked in

Abe said Japan and the US seek “a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization as well as the abandonment of missile programs” by North Korea and praised Trump for his “courage” in agreeing to meet Kim .


President Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Thursday, June 7, 2018. © Carlos Barria President Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on Thursday, June 7, 2018. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House for consultations before the U.S. leader meets with North Korea's Kim Jong Un next week in Singapore.

Abe requested Thursday's meeting with Trump to coordinate strategy for the talks and to elevate his country's concerns about the summit.

Abe is pushing Trump to raise the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea, and he is seeking to ensure that Trump's efforts to negotiate an agreement with Kim don't harm Japan's interests.

U.S. allies in the region have expressed concern that Trump's push to denuclearize the Korean peninsula could ignore the North's sophisticated ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs.

Japan urges N. Korea to jointly break mutual distrust .
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to jointly overcome their mutual distrust, as he confirmed ongoing efforts to arrange a Japan-North Korea summit. In a television interview, Abe said his government has contacted the North Korean side "through various channels" in a bid to arrange a meeting with Kim.During historic talks with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on Tuesday, Kim reportedly said he was open to a meeting with Abe.

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