Prime Minister Abe Press Conference

Hugh Fox
April 19, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived at Mar-a-Lago in Florida yesterday.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that negotiations were under way for the release of three Americans held as prisoners in North Korea.

CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Myung-koo Kang, a professor of political science at Baruch College, about the significance of CIA Director Mike Pompeo's visit to the DPRK, the upcoming inter-Korean summit, and the expected meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

"If we can come to an arrangement on a new deal, that would certainly be something we would discuss", Mr Trump said during a joint press conference at his private Mar-a-Lago club.

For a meeting with Prime Minister of Japan and his wife the first lady of the United States chose a flared MIDI dress in black-and-white striped Carolina Herrera and white pumps by Christian Louboutin. Trump said on Twitter.

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Two officials confirmed the trip to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The talks came amid news that Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo had recently travelled in secret to North Korea to meet with Mr Kim ahead of a US-North Korea summit planned in the next two months. But one area where bilateral relations have remained lackluster is trade, and Japan is not alone in this regard.

Trump said the USA and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for a possible summit with Kim, expected to take place by early June. Those diplomats then personally delivered to Trump an offer for a meeting with Kim, which the president accepted. I look forward to being able to take them off.

The summit with Abe comes as the President prepares for historic talks with Kim, a prospect that Abe has warned will come with risks.

During dinner, Melania and Akie were seated next to each other and exchanged in conversation, while President Trump and Prime Minister Abe did the same.

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Abe said that Trump had promised to bring up the Japanese abductee issue in his meeting with Kim.

Pyongyang has acknowledged abducting 13 Japanese, while Tokyo maintains North Korea abducted at least 17 in the 1970s and 1980s to train agents in Japanese language and culture to spy on South Korea.

"Denuclearization will be a great thing for World, but also for North Korea!"

South Korea and a US -led United Nations force are technically still at war with North Korea after the Korean War ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

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