Abe, Bolton Confirm Cooperation On N.korea

Abe, Bolton confirm cooperation on N.Korea

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US National Security Advisor John Bolton have agreed on the continued implementation of UN sanctions on North Korea.

Bolton is visiting Japan ahead of US President Donald Trump's visit to the country that begins on Saturday.

Abe told Bolton in Tokyo on Friday that he welcomes Trump's visit as a state guest and he hopes to further strengthen the Japan-US alliance. Bolton also expressed hope for closer ties.

Abe and Bolton agreed that UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea must be fully implemented to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

They confirmed the need to counter the North's ship-to-ship transfers of goods to evade UN sanctions.

They also agreed they will closely cooperate to seek an early resolution of North Korea's abductions of Japanese citizens.

The two discussed China and Iran, and agreed to work closely for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Bolton told reporters after the meeting that Trump is deeply honored to be the first state guest to meet Emperor Naruhito, who ascended the throne on May 1.

He said Trump is also looking forward to seeing his good friend Prime Minister Abe and having productive discussions on a range of very important issues.