Trump touts Japan trade talks, eyes sumo wrestling match

Abe set for White House visit

N. Korea, Trade High on Agenda for Trump-Abe Meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for meetings at the White House on Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked the leaders of four Central European countries for help in a long dispute with North Korea over the abductions of Japanese citizens decades ago, AP reported. "But I also think they're helping us" because the USA and China are engaged in trade talks.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty told reporters on Saturday that Trump plans to attend the G20 leaders' summit in Osaka in late June.

Abe is in Washington for two days, as they discuss a range of security and economic issues.

During the meeting with Trump, Abe said Japan has put no tariffs on American autos while "the United States has put on the 2.5 percent tariff on the Japanese autos".

"But it's moving along very nicely, we'll see what happens", Trump said.

"I think we're doing very well with North Korea", Trump said.

Abe pointed out that since the start of Trump's term in January 2017, Japanese firms have invested $23 billion in the USA, enabling an additional 43,000 jobs.

Both countries have been seeking a quick trade deal, and their negotiators met for a second round of trade talks this week ahead of Mr Trump and Mr Abe's meeting. Trump had emphasized the speed at which he expects the talks to move forward by saying that a deal could be signed by the time he comes to Japan in May.

Trump did not appear to be taken aback by Kim's comments to Putin, who supports sanctions and diplomatic efforts to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

Trump said Japan was buying a tremendous amount of military equipment from the United States and Washington is pressing Tokyo to get rid of Japan's agricultural tariffs.

Said Mr Abe through a translator: "In any case, we would like to proceed with the further negotiation that we are now having for that".

Abe and his wife are set to join Trump and Melania Trump for dinner Friday in honor of the first lady's birthday.

"I don't want to talk about that now", the president said.

President Trump and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis were sitting out of the shot, and all of the press was focused on the two leaders. The U.S., however, could still impose the so-called Section 232 tariffs on autos, which would escalate trade tensions.

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