Sabah Mannan: Japa-nese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will have his voice heard ahead of the Trump-Kim Summit as US President Donald Trump plays the role of a host on Thursday. Before heading to Canada for the G7 Summit, Trump and Abe will hold a joint press conference at the White House.
Ever since the possibility of the Trump-Kim Summit, Japan has urged Washington to be mindful when dealing with the nuclear-armed regime in Pyongyang. Amid the intense diplomatic flurry over the future of the Korean peninsula, Abe aims to get his point across to the US president in his second visit to Washington in less than two months.
Before leaving Tokyo, the Japanese PM highlighted key points that need to be addressed at the 12th June Summit which include curbing North’s nuclear and ballistic missiles programs and finding answers about the abductions of Japanese nationals by Pyongyang in the 1970s and 1980s.
On Thursday, Trump and Abe are expected to discuss the issue of tariffs which Washington said that they placed to protect American workers. Earlier, Japan’s hopes to convince the US from imposing fresh tariffs on steel and aluminum imports had failed. Tokyo’s government warned of the “grave impact” that US tariffs could have on bilateral ties and the world trading system.
Source: Channel News Asia
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