The following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s press conference before members of the domestic and foreign press [on Aug. 26, 2019 (French time)].
I plan to reshuffle the cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party executive lineup next month. While valuing political continuity and stability, I will at the same time have new members demonstrate their ability to achieve breakthroughs [on hard issues]. I will put in place a powerful lineup that both ensures stability and is effective in taking on challenges.
Japan-U.S. summit (Aug. 25 [local time])
[U.S. President Donald Trump and I] did not discuss Japan-ROK relations. The ROK continues to behave in a manner that undermines the bilateral relationship of trust, such as its inaction about the violation of the 1965 bilateral agreement on wartime claims in the requisitioned workers issue and its announcement that it will terminate our General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). Japan will continue to ask Seoul to abide by its bilateral commitments.
Japan-U.S. trade negotiations
We agreed to accelerate remaining work with an eye to signing an agreement by the end of September.
North Korea issues
G7 countries agreed to work together to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula by supporting the U.S.-DPRK process. I also gained the understanding and support of all national leaders regarding the abductions issue. I will meet in person with Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un without preconditions.
Situation in the Middle East
A major outcome was our sharing the awareness that diplomatic efforts are key to create a situation where Iran will engage in dialogue with an eye to alleviating tensions.
Russia’s return to the G7
The constructive involvement of Russia is indispensable to identify solutions to various world issues. I will engage in discussions with other leaders with an eye to reopening dialogue between the G7 and Russia.