The leaders of Japan and the United States are trying to present a united front on North Korea as they try to pressure the country to give up its nuclear and missile programs.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Donald Trump wrapped up talks in Tokyo and reaffirmed their commitment to the alliance between their countries.
Abe says he and Trump are on the same page regarding North Korea. Trump has said he's not concerned about them. He stated the US policy against the North is peace through strength.
The Japanese prime minister said Trump also offered his full cooperation on an issue important to Japan -- the abductions of Japanese nationals. Trump met with the families of some of them earlier and promised to work to bring them home.
The Japanese prime minister stressed he wants to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any conditions to resolve the issue.
The two leaders also spoke about trade talks that kicked off in April. Abe says he and Trump agreed to speed them up and aim for an early agreement.
Trump agrees. He says that they hope they'll have more to announce on trade "very, very soon."
But Trump made sure to highlight his chief complaint. He said that his country's trade deficit with Japan is unbelievably large and wants to ensure that US exports will have what he calls "a fair and neutral footing."