US President Donald Trump says he and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed on a basic trade deal. He expects the trade agreement with Japan to be signed next month.
Abe and Trump held talks in France on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit. They reportedly discussed the broad agreement reached at the ministerial trade talks in Washington, and the schedule for the conclusion of the new trade deal.
At the beginning of the talks, Abe recalled Trump's visit to Japan as the first state guest in the country's new Reiwa era, and his later attendance at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka.
He said the two countries and their leaders have never had such close ties as they do now.
Abe said he hopes to discuss deepening the bilateral alliance, as well as issues concerning North Korea, Iran, bilateral trade and the economy.
Trump said he knows that Japan is on good terms with Iran, but says 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 said they have not violated the agreement with the US. He added that he is continuing talks with the North Korean leader.
Trump said he received what he called "a beautiful letter" from Kim Jong Un, in which Kim complained about US-South Korea military drills, calling them war games.
Trump said he does not think the US and South Korea need to hold such military drills.
Abe said Japan views the North Korean missile launches as being in violation of UN resolutions.
Abe and Trump are also believed to have discussed Washington's proposal for an international coalition to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.