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Gist of summit talks between Abe, Trump in Washington

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.

 

Trump:

 

— 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.

 

Abe:

 

— expresses readiness to hold talks with Kim.

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