Claiming that President Trump referred to Japan’s relations with South Korea during his bilateral talks with Prime Minister Abe in New York on Wednesday, Asahi asserted that the United States is becoming increasingly concerned about the frayed ties between Tokyo and Seoul. The paper wrote that the President referred to Japan-ROK relations out of concern that any further deterioration of ties between the two U.S. allies could undermine trilateral security cooperation. The paper claimed that concern is deepening within the USG that China, Russia, and the DPRK are exploiting tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.
Meanwhile, Fuji TV cited a Japanese government source as saying that President Trump, during his summit meeting with Prime Minister Abe, allegedly criticized ROK President Moon. The President reportedly said the ROK leader is not trusted or respected by North Korea and that Kim Jong Un no longer calls him. He reportedly made the above remark when Abe explained Japan’s decision to remove the ROK from the “white list” of preferred trade partners and the requisitioned workers issue.