Abe, Trump Meeting Ends

Abe, Trump meeting ends

The leaders of Japan and the US have wrapped up talks on a number of pressing matters. But the subject of North Korea is still going to be discussed. President Donald Trump is meeting with families of Japanese nationals abducted by the North decades ago.

He has sat down with them once before.

North Korea is a shared priority between the two leaders -- although talks on denuclearization between Washington and Pyongyang are stalled.
For Abe, the abduction issue is very important.

The families are expected to ask for Trump's support to resolve the issue. They hope he can help bring their loved ones home.

Earlier, Abe and Trump highlighted the strength of their countries' alliance.

Abe said, "I certainly would like to make the state visit by the President and the First Lady to Japan something befitting the new Reiwa era. I'm also determined to show to the people at home and abroad that the very strong bonds of the Japan-US alliance continue into the new era."

Trump said, "We understand each other very well, we're very committed to each other as nations. So we have a situation where we have the best relationship that we have ever had with Japan, and we're going to keep it that way."

The president's visit also comes at a time of growing tensions between the US and Iran. Japan maintains friendly ties with the country and Abe is considering a visit there soon.

Trump said he believes Iran would like to talk and he'd be open to the idea.

He also spoke about the US trade deficit with Japan and said they'll discuss cars. He said he expects to make some sort of announcement in August.