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Gist of Abe-Trump joint news conference on Nov. 6

The following is the gist of the joint news conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump:


North Korea


Abe: We were able to demonstrate the unshakable bonds of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Japan has consistently supported Mr. Trump’s position of “putting all options on the table.” We confirmed forcefully that Japan and the U.S. stand together one hundred percent. (Trump and I) were in total agreement on maximizing pressure on North Korea to make it change its policies.


We agreed on the importance of China playing a greater role and confirmed that it is important to move the Japan-U.S.-ROK relationship forward.


We have decided to impose further unilateral sanctions. A formal decision to freeze the assets of 35 organizations and individuals will be made on Nov. 7.


Trump: The relationship between the leaders of the U.S. and Japan has never been this close. North Korea’s nuclear tests and launching ballistic missiles over Japanese territory are a threat to international peace and stability.


Abduction issue


Abe: I have renewed my determination to make every effort for a solution.


Trump: We will face North Korea’s menace together with the Japanese people. If (Workers Party of Korea Chairman) Kim Jong Un returns the abduction victims, this will be a tremendous signal.


Regional situation


Abe: We agreed to cooperate closer for the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific. We will build a fair and effective economic order.




Abe: We agreed to continue discussions on revitalizing bilateral trade and investment and strengthening cooperation in energy, infrastructure, and other areas. We will produce results through the Japan-U.S. Economic Dialogue led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Vice President Mike Pence.


Trump: We will build a fair, free, and reciprocal trade relationship with Japan. We ask for equal access for U.S. products in the Japanese market in order to eliminate the trade deficit.


Defense equipment


Trump: The Prime Minister will probably be purchasing a significant amount of defense equipment from the U.S. Japan will then be able to shoot down missiles in its airspace. (Such procurement from the U.S.) will create many jobs and make Japan safer.


Abe: We would like to enhance Japan’s defense capability both qualitatively and quantitatively. I believe we will be making more purchases from the U.S.

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