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Gist of PM Abe’s remarks after dinner with Pres. Trump, Sept. 23

The following is the gist of remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reporters after his dinner with President Donald Trump on Sept. 23:

 

As usual, we were able to engage in a candid exchange of views not only on the Japan-U.S. relationship, but also on various issues of the international community in a very relaxed atmosphere.

 

On the North Korea issues, we agreed to cooperate even more closely to further accelerate the momentum for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula generated at the U.S.-DPRK summit in June. When I conveyed the message of the association of abduction victims’ families, Mr. Trump leaned forward and listened intently. He said: “I have conveyed a strong message to Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un regarding Japan’s thinking.” We will cooperate with the U.S. and the international community to work for a solution to the abduction issue. The next step is for me to meet with Chairman Kim. I am determined not to miss any opportunity to resolve the abduction issue as soon as possible.

 

Regarding trade issues, we engaged in a candid exchange of views not only on issues between Japan and the U.S., but also on various trade issues relating to the U.S. We were able to hold very constructive discussions on issues relating to commerce, investment, and trade between the two countries and on the FFR talks. We will hold another summit meeting on Sept. 26 after the FFR meeting is held.

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