Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump have issued a joint statement at Trump’s private resort in Florida.
Abe said the missile launch by North Korea is absolutely intolerable. He said North Korea must fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions.
Abe said that during the summit he had with Trump, the US president said his country is always with Japan 100 percent. He added that Trump was there with him to demonstrate his commitment.
Abe said he and Trump completely agree that they are going to make the Japan-US alliance closer and stronger.
Trump said that he wants everyone to know that the United States stands behind Japan, which he described as a great ally, 100 percent.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and US President Donald Trump have agreed to launch a bilateral dialogue between their deputies to deepen economic relations.
Abe and Trump spoke at a joint news conference following their first summit at the White House on Friday.
Abe said Japan can offer its advanced technology to contribute to Trump’s growth strategy and create new jobs in the United States.
He said the 2 sides agreed to launch a dialogue between Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Vice President Mike Pence. He said the talks will cover a broad range of sectors to explore ways to deepen bilateral economic ties.
On trade, Abe said he and Trump confirmed their strong determination to creating a free and ruled-based fair market in the Asia-Pacific region.
Trump has pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, to which Japan belongs, saying he favors negotiating a bilateral trade pact.
Abe noted the continued importance of Japan and the US leading the way to create free and fair rules in Asia and the Pacific.
Referring to Trump’s criticism of Japan’s monetary and foreign exchange policies, Abe said they agreed that their finance ministers will continue to hold talks on currencies.
On security, Abe said a strong Japan-US alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
He said the 2 countries’ bond is unwavering, and that he and Trump shared a strong resolve to further strengthen the alliance.
Abe said the 2 leaders confirmed that the Japan-US security treaty applies to Japan’s Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Article 5 of the treaty obliges the US to defend Japan in an emergency.
Japan controls the islands. China and Taiwan claim them.
The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory.
Abe said he and Trump agreed to continue cooperation to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within Okinawa, calling the plan the only way to resolve the issue.
He said they also confirmed their strong opposition to any attempts to change the status quo through the use of force or coercion in the East and South China seas.
The prime minister said the leaders also agreed on the importance of resolving the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals.
Abe said the issues of refugees and terrorism require global cooperation, and that Japan intends to fulfill the roles and responsibilities that it is required to bear.
However, he declined to comment on Trump’s executive order restricting immigration and refugee arrivals, saying these are another country’s internal affairs.