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Gist of Japan-U.S. summit

[The following is the gist of Japan-U.S. summit held in New York on Sept. 25 (Sept. 26, Japan time).]


Japan-U.S. trade agreement


Abe: I am pleased to announce that we have reached a final agreement. Once it is enforced, the agreement will advance the bilateral economic ties between Japan and the U.S. This is a win-win deal for the two nations.


Trump: This serves as a significant step toward fair and reciprocal trade. My team will continue negotiations to achieve a comprehensive agreement.


Middle East


Abe: It is hard to think that the recent attacks on the [Saudi] oil facilities could have been carried out by the Houthi (pro-Iran insurgency group in Yemen) in light of the group’s capabilities. In partnership with concerned nations, Japan will collect information and analyze the attacks. On Sept. 24, I met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and called on him to exercise self-restraint and exert a constructive influence [on the situation] with an eye to defusing tensions.


Trump: I have high expectations for the role Japan will play.




Abe: It is clear that North Korea’s launches of short-range ballistic missiles are in violation of the U.N. Security Council resolution.

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