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Gist of Abe’s remarks to reporters after teleconference with Trump on May 6

The following is the gist of remarks made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reporters after his teleconference with President Donald Trump on May 6:

 

President Trump and I exchanged opinions on the North Korean situation and carefully coordinated our future response.

 

At the U.S.-North Korea summit last year, President Trump and Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un agreed to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. President Trump and I were completely on the same page in that we will seek to have the U.S.-DPRK agreement implemented swiftly. We also shared the recognition that the U.S. and Japan will continue to deal with North Korea in a completely unified manner.

 

I shared recognition of the need for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping through summit meetings. By joining hands with the international community, Japan will play a proactive role for the peace and stability of the region including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the North Korean situation.

 

Japanese and American experts will cooperate in analyzing the projectiles launched by North Korea on May 4.

 

The abduction issue is an important issue for Japan in its relationship with North Korea. I think I have to meet with Chairman Kim in person without any preconditions to resolve the abduction issue. I am determined to miss no opportunity to resolve the issue.

 

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