The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government has requested that U.S. President Donald Trump visit Japan immediately after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 and hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to sources familiar with Japan-U.S. relations.
Abe wants to hear directly from Trump about what was discussed at the U.S.-North Korea summit talks. He also wants to reconfirm Japan-U.S. cooperation over the abductions of Japanese nationals and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, before making swift decisions on Japan’s policy regarding these issues.
The government has urged the U.S. side to hold Japan-U.S. summit meetings both before and after Trump’s meeting with Kim.
The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to hold a summit meeting on the sidelines of a Group of Seven meeting in Canada on June 8-9, where Abe and Trump are expected to confirm their stance to call for North Korea to denuclearize in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. Abe will also press Trump to bring up the abduction issue during his meeting with Kim.
The Japanese side is demanding a meeting after the Trump-Kim talks partly because it seeks to quickly ascertain the content of Kim’s remarks, which will serve as the basis of its decision whether to hold a Japan-North Korea summit meeting toward resolving the abduction issue.
However, a senior Foreign Ministry official said Trump’s visit to Japan “will depend on how the United States arranges its schedule.”