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U.S., Japanese leaders discuss Iran, North Korea during informal outings

Yomiuri led with the disclosure by several GOJ sources that when discussing various policy issues on the golf course and over dinner on Sunday, Prime Minister Abe mentioned to President Trump that he plans to visit Iran next month. In reply, the President pinned hopes on the role of mediator between Washington and Tehran that Abe wishes to play by reportedly saying: “I want you to visit Iran at an early date.” The daily interpreted this remark as Washington’s endorsement of the Iran trip.


Meanwhile, Sankei claimed in its top item that President Trump and PM Abe shared concern about South Korea’s approach toward North Korea when they discussed the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during their informal outings on Sunday. According to an unnamed high-ranking GOJ official, President Trump allegedly told the premier that he is bewildered by South Korea’s handling of North Korea and that dialogue between the South and the North has ground to a halt despite their agreement on complete denuclearization. The same source also reportedly disclosed that President Trump explained to the premier that President Moon has repeatedly asked him to visit South Korea. As for North Korea, the President reportedly said to the prime minister: “North Korea has lately staged provocations but these have been limited…. It is necessary to keep the sanctions in place.”

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