The following is the gist of a press conference held after summit talks between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday in Palm Beach, Florida.
The two leaders:
— reaffirm close cooperation on North Korean issues.
— continue campaign of maximum pressure until North Korea denuclearizes.
— demand disarmament of ballistic missiles and other weapons of mass destruction in verifiable and irreversible way.
— make all possible efforts to bring Japanese abductees in North Korea back to Japan.
— agree to intensify trade and investment consultations.
— agree to start dialogue to achieve free, fair and reciprocal trade relationship.
— says Japan will continue to negotiate for exemption from additional U.S. steel tariffs.
— sees Trans-Pacific Partnership accord as best trade deal for Japan and United States.
— says he will walk away from meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if he thinks it will not be fruitful.
— says he would discuss exemption of Japan from additional steel tariffs if new trade deal acceptable to the United States is arranged.
— says the United States will not return to TPP unless acceptable deal is offered.
— reiterates willingness to discuss bilateral trade deal with Japan.
— says the United States is exploring ways to expedite sale of U.S. defense equipment to Japan.