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President Trump, PM Abe exchange views on President’s Japan visit, North Korea

NHK reported online that President Trump and Prime Minister Abe spoke by phone for about 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. today following the results of the Lower House election on Sunday. During the call, which was made by President Trump, the President congratulated the prime minister by saying: “It is extremely important for a strong leader to receive strong public support.” Abe reportedly said in response: “It was a tough race but I stressed the need to apply as much pressure as possible on North Korea under the U.S.-Japan alliance and have North Korea change its policies.” The network also said the two leaders agreed to exchange views on responding to North Korea and to deepen the bilateral ties to strengthen international pressure on the North when President Trump makes his first visit to Japan as the U.S. leader on Nov. 5. In addition, the two leaders also reportedly agreed to play golf together with professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama during the President’s visit to Japan. The network explained that the two leaders also played golf in Florida when Prime Minister Abe visited the U.S. in February.

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