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Trump, Japan PM Shinzo Abe to meet at White House on June 7

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House on June 7, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.

The announcement came after the two leaders agreed in a telephone conversation Monday to meet before a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

On Wednesday in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference the two governments are arranging the talks between Abe and Trump.

“It is important to prepare for the U.S.-North Korean summit so that it will be an opportunity that leads to the resolution of the issues of nuclear, missile and abduction” of Japanese nationals by the North decades ago, the top government spokesman said.

Abe’s trip to Washington will also happen just prior to a summit of leaders from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in Canada on June 8 and 9.

Trump and Kim separately expressed over the weekend their readiness to meet as originally planned, although the U.S. president had called off the summit on Thursday.

After Monday’s phone talks, Abe said he and Trump agreed to cooperate to make the summit between the U.S. and North Korean leaders meaningful.

Tokyo and Washington share the requirement for Pyongyang to dismantle all weapons of mass destruction and missiles in a complete, verifiable and irreversible way.

Since taking office, Abe has been seeking to bring back Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, making it a top priority for his administration.

Abe is expected to ask Trump to take up the matter during the president’s meeting with Kim.

All – Kyodo News+

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