Japan-United States of America Relations

May 28, 2018

On May 28, commencing at around 9:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with the Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. The two leaders closely coordinated policies on North Korea, bearing in mind recent developments such as the 4th Inter-Korean Summit held on May 26 and the working level dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

2. During the meeting, President Trump explained the developments regarding the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting. Both leaders shared the recognition that it is important for Japan and the United States to continue their close coordination and to ensure that the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting will be an opportunity to achieve substantial progress on outstanding issues of concern, including the nuclear, missile and abductions issues.

3. Both leaders reaffirmed that they will urge North Korea to take concrete actions towards the dismantlement of all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons, and ballistic missiles of all ranges, in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.

4. Furthermore, in light of the conversations between Prime Minister Abe and the families of the abductees during a meeting held earlier on the same day, Prime Minister Abe conveyed to President Trump the strong sentiments of the families of the abductees and both leaders agreed that Japan and the United States will continue to work together to urge North Korea to resolve the abductions issue as soon as possible.

5. In addition, both leaders confirmed that they will maintain close Japan-U.S. and Japan-U.S.-ROK cooperation.

6. Lastly, both leaders agreed to hold a Japan-U.S. Summit Meeting before the U.S.-North Korea Summit Meeting and decided to coordinate the details.

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