World Trump, Japan's Abe seek consensus on North Korea amid strains

09:35  17 april  2018
09:35  17 april  2018 Source:   Reuters

Japan PM Abe says North Korean move is "forward motion," but results essential

  Japan PM Abe says North Korean move is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday he welcomed North Korea's statement that it was suspending all nuclear and missile tests as "forward motion" but that this must lead to verifiable denuclearisation. "This announcement is forward motion that I'd like to welcome," Abe told reporters."But what's important is that this leads to complete, verifiable denuclearisation. I want to emphasize this."Japan has advocated a policy of maximum pressure on North Korea to get the reclusive state to abandon its weapons program.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will focus heavily on the challenge posed by North Korea ’s nuclear Abe told Japan ’ s parliament this week he would ask Trump to seek elimination of all North Korean missiles that could reach Japan .

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will focus heavily on the challenge posed by North Korea 's nuclear Abe told Japan ’ s parliament this week he would ask Trump to seek elimination of all North Korean missiles that could reach Japan .

a group of people around each other: U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening of a welcome dinner hosted by Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo © REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the opening of a welcome dinner hosted by Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo

U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek common ground on how to deal with North Korea's nuclear challenge on Tuesday amid fears in Tokyo that Trump might be prone to make too many concessions.

Abe is due to arrive at Trump's Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, for two days of talks dominated by North Korea but also expected to cover trade, relations with China and other issues.

Both leaders could use a successful summit to give themselves a political boost at home. Trump has been hounded by controversies linked to an investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 election, and Abe is struggling with declining popularity because of scandals over suspected cronyism.

Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs

  Trump to host Japan's Abe amid strain over N. Korea, tariffs Tuesday afternoon begins the official visit by Japan's Shinzo Abe to President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. The visit will be an opportunity for the two leaders to discuss Trump's upcoming summit with North Korea. And it'll serve as a test of whether the fond personal relationship the two leaders have forged has chilled over Trump's recent moves, including his failure to exempt Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs. "We expect it to be very positive," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday of Abe's visit.

Six months after Japan ' s premier Shinzo Abe bonded with Donald Trump on a golf course amid hopes he'd be a pragmatic partner, a consensus is emerging that Tokyo must reduce risks from the unpredictable president by forging ties with his more mainstream advisors.

Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front with Japan against North Korea through meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang' s nuclear and missile tests.

Trump has forged close ties with Abe during his 15 months in power and the two have bonded over rounds of golf both during Abe's last visit to Florida more than a year ago and Trump's visit to Tokyo last November.

Tokyo fears the U.S. leader will try to link vital security matters with touchy trade topics.

"I want to reaffirm our cooperation on North Korea, our cooperation on economic matters, and show the strong ties between our two countries," Abe told reporters in Tokyo before his departure.

Trump's agreement to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a session expected in late May or early June at a place yet to be determined, has also raised some concerns among Japanese officials.

Japan wants Trump to avoid a deal in which Pyongyang gives up ballistic missiles that can hit the U.S. mainland but keeps shorter-range missiles that threaten Japan. Abe also wants Trump to bring up Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang long ago.

China, Japan Vow Cooperation to Get North Korea to Quit Nukes

  China, Japan Vow Cooperation to Get North Korea to Quit Nukes The foreign ministers of China and Japan agreed to work closely to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, in the latest sign of improved cooperation between Asia’s two largest economies. “To get North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons and missiles in a complete, irreversible and verifiable way, we agreed we must enforce the relevant Security Council resolutions and work closely together,” Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told reporters Sunday in Tokyo after a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe praised the Trump administration' s tough stance on North Korea as he warned of growing threats from Should North Korea continue with nuclear tests, Japan will seek additional sanctions through fresh United Nations Security Council resolutions, Abe said.

Abe , who has taken a more hawkish view on North Korea than some of his predecessors, agreed with Trump ' s assessment that "all options are on the table" when dealing with Kim Jong Un and announced new sanctions against several dozen North Korea individuals. Japan is already seeking money to

Abe told Japan's parliament last week he would ask Trump to seek elimination of all North Korean missiles that could reach Japan. Only getting rid of intercontinental ballistic missiles "has no meaning for Japan," Kyodo news agency quoted him as saying.

In response, the White House made clear Trump is concerned about the security of U.S. allies in addition to the American people.

"Not allowing North Korea to threaten the U.S. just means that we remain committed to achieving the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," a White House official said.

Tokyo is equally eager to avoid being pushed into talks on a two-way free trade agreement aimed not only at market access but at monetary and currency policies.

The two possible options have set the stage for a standoff between the world's largest and third-largest economies on the eve of a summit between the leaders of the two countries.

(Additional reporting by Linda Sieg, Kaori Kaneko and Stanley White in Tokyo; Editing by James Dalgleish and Darren Schuettler)

China says many Chinese casualties in North Korea traffic accident .
Chinese tourists have been involved in a major transportation accident in North Korea and there are a large number of casualties, China's foreign ministry said on Monday. Chinese diplomats have rushed to the scene of the accident in North Hwanghae province, which happened on Sunday evening, the ministry added, without saying how many people had either been injured or died.Chinese state television's English-language channel had tweeted earlier on Monday that a tour bus had fallen off a bridge killing more than 30 people, but later deleted the tweet.North Hwanghae province borders South Korea.

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