Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump will focus on seeking common ground on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday (April 17) before his departure for the United States, that his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump will focus on seeking common ground on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge.
The comment comes amid fears in Tokyo that Trump might be prone to make too many concessions.
Abe could find his oft-touted close ties with Trump tested, amid fears in Japan that the U.S. leader will try to link vital security matters with touchy trade topics. It is a fraught time for both sides, and comes as Trump prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose government has been openly antagonistic towards Japan.
Japan wants Trump to avoid a deal in which Pyongyang gives up ballistic missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland but keeps shorter-range missiles that threaten Japan. Abe also wants Trump to bring up the topic of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang in the past.
Abe is due to arrive at Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, for two days of talks expected to also cover trade and relations with China.