Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President Donald Trump agreed Monday to boost efforts to put pressure on North Korea.
“The two of us were able to show the rest of the world the unshakeable Japan-U.S. alliance,” Abe said at a joint press conference held after their 90-minute talk at the State Guest House in Tokyo, also known as Akasaka Palace.
“We completely agreed” that, in order to make North Korea change policy, Japan and the United States must take leadership and closely collaborate with the international community so that they can enhance the pressure on North Korea to maximum levels through all possible means, Abe said.
The Japanese government has decided to impose additional sanctions on its own against North Korea, the prime minister said.
He added that his government will formalize its decision on Tuesday to freeze the assets of 35 organizations and individuals linked to the reclusive state.
“The era of strategic patience is over,” Trump said at the press conference. “The United States of America stands in solidarity with the people of Japan against the North Korean menace.”
The two leaders affirmed a policy of holding a series of bilateral negotiations on ways to promote trade and investment between the two countries.
“As president of the United States, I’m committed to achieving a fair, free and reciprocal trading relationship,” Trump said. “We seek equal and reliable access for American exports to Japan’s markets in order to eliminate our chronic trade imbalances and deficits with Japan.”Speech