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Trump presses Japan over business break, counts on ‘good things’ from North Korea

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TOKYO – U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday to even out a trade fluctuations with the United States and expressed support, regardless of Japanese wariness, that “good things” might arise from North Korea.

Trump is on a four-day state visit to Japan intended to show the relationship between the two nations, however which has also been shadowed by trade concerns.

Trump precisely related trade with security, a connectivity that interferes with Tokyo, whose bond with Washington is mounted at the core of its defence policies.

“It’s all a balance sheet thing,” he stated. “In order to possess $716 billion dollars a year in military expenses, one must possess a lot of money coming in,” he said, adding that Japan have bought “tremendous amounts” of U.S. military gear.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that he predicted big moves on trade would wait until after Japan’s upper house election in July.

“Trade-wise, I would say we’ll be declaring some things, most likely in August, which will be good for both nations,” Trump stated on Monday.

Abe, having developed close personal bonds with Trump since the U.S. leader arrived in office, stressed the closeness of ties.

“I am determined to demonstrate at home and also abroad the quite strong bond” he said of the relationship in Japan’s new Reiwa era, which was started on May 1 when Emperor Naruhito inherited the throne.

Earlier, Trump was greeted by Naruhito and his wife at the imperial palace in Tokyo in an elegant welcome celebration.

He got to be the first foreign dignitary to be received by the monarch since the latter inherited the throne after his father, Akihito, stepped down in the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in two centuries.

POLICY CONTRACTS 

The two leaders have put on a show of a friendly relationship but have policy tantrums over trade and North Korea.

Trump has threatened to focus on Japanese automakers with higher tariffs in his work to cut the U.S. trade surplus and get a two-way deal pact with Tokyo.

Trump also has spearheaded an expensive trade discuss with China. That trade war between the world’s two largest economies have hurt markets globally and startled U.S. allies, which include Japan and European Union.

These allies discuss U.S. concerns on Chinese methods yet object to Trump’s hardball tactics.

Abe and Trump will be pair to consider North Korea and Iran.

On Sunday, Trump had stated he was not bothered by a very recent missile launch by North Korea. That put him at odds with his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who explained on Saturday Pyongyang’s new short-range missile checks violated United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Japan shares Bolton’s perspective.

Abe is thinking about a trip to Iran following month, domestic media said, to make an effort to ease escalating tension between Tehran and Washington. Trump said Abe had talked to him about the subject.

“We’ll see how things go about,” Trump stated. “But I do know for certain that the prime minister is quite close with the leadership of Iran, and thus we’ll observe what occurs.”

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