Trump to host Japanese Prime Minister at Mar-a-Lago

Abe to Ask Trump to Address N Korea's Abductions During Talks With Kim - Reports

Abe to Ask Trump to Address N Korea's Abductions During Talks With Kim - Reports

"I will request in person that President Trump raise the abduction issue, which is the most important question [for Japan], during an upcoming US-North Korean summit", Abe said, as quoted by Japan's Kyodo news agency.

Now, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet Trump again in the U.S. on April 17-18 to discuss ways on keeping the pressure on North Korea, the menace in East Asia which has kept all the regional powers anxious with its nuclear ambitions.

On Monday, the White House confirmed the planned visit, saying in a statement that during their third summit meeting, Mr. Trump will "reaffirm the United States-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region".

The president previously hosted Abe at Mar-a-Lago in February of 2017.

During the meeting, the Japanese leader and the president will likely discuss the new tariffs on China announced by Trump last month, which were created to end what he views as unfair trade practices. In Trump's recent imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, Japan was not given any exemption even if it is one of Washington's top allies. Besides North Korea, they will "explore ways to expand fair and reciprocal trade and investment ties", it said.

The forthcoming meeting between the president and the Japanese leader comes after Trump last month agreed to meet with Kim after a South Korean delegation traveled to North Korea.

"The two leaders will discuss the worldwide campaign to maintain maximum pressure on North Korea" to give up its nuclear weapons programs, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. Trump has dubbed the resort "the winter White House".

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