Abe, Trump Hold Talks In France

Abe, Trump hold talks in France

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump held talks in France on Sunday. They are believed to have discussed bilateral trade negotiations and other issues.

The two leaders met for the first time since June on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit. They have now held a total of 13 meetings.

At the beginning of the talks, Abe said Trump visited Japan as the first state guest in the country's new era of Reiwa and attended the Group of 20 summit in Osaka. He said the two countries and their leaders had never had such close ties as they do now.

Abe said he hopes to discuss deepening the bilateral alliance as well as North Korea, Iran, bilateral trade and the economy.

Trump said he may be able to make an announcement about the US-Japan trade negotiations after the meeting.

Trump said he knows Tokyo is on good terms with Tehran, but Iran has become a different country from two-and-a-half years ago.

On North Korea's missile launches, Trump said he is not happy with them, but they have not violated the agreement with the US. He said he is continuing talks with the North Korean leader.

Trump said he received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un, and Kim complained about South Korea's drills, calling them war games.

Trump said he does not think the US and South Korea need to hold the military drills.

Abe said Japan views the missile launches as violations of UN resolutions.

Abe and Trump are thought to have discussed the broad agreement reached at the ministerial trade talks in Washington and the schedule for the conclusion of a new trade deal.

Abe and Trump are also believed to have discussed Washington's proposal for an international coalition to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Attention is focused on whether they discussed South Korea's decision to end its intelligence-sharing pact with Japan.