WASHINGTON — The following is the gist of a bilateral summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday in Washington.
The two leaders:
— agree to maintain pressure on North Korea toward its denuclearization.
— reaffirm their close cooperation to resolve the issues of North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and abduction of Japanese nationals.
— agree to hold bilateral trade talks in July.
— says he will push for resolving the Japanese abduction issue during his meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un next week in Singapore.
— expresses hope for normalization of ties with North Korea.
— says he could invite Kim to the United States if talks go well.
— says Washington wants bilateral trade deal with Tokyo to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Japan.
— expresses readiness to hold talks with Kim.