Throughout Kim's push to develop a credible threat to the U.S. beyond its Pacific outposts and USA troops based in Japan and South Korea, Abe has faithfully stuck to the White House line on Pyongyang's nuclear program: that unconditional talks are pointless, and that economic pressure must be backed by the threat of military action.
In meetings starting Tuesday, Abe will want to make sure Trump won't leave Japan exposed to any North Korean missile threat that doesn't affect America.
"I would like to confirm (with Trump) that we will maintain maximum pressure on North Korea toward its complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment of nuclear weapons and missiles", Abe said.
Japanese economic circles paid great attention to Chinese foreign minister's visit to Japan and the high-level economic dialogue between China and Japan which was held after an eight-year hiatus, and welcomed the important messages sent by the two sides on safeguarding global free trade system, they said.More news: Prominent US lawyer dies after setting himself on fire in protest
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The prime minister earlier said that he will also request Trump to seek the elimination of not only North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of hitting the US mainland, but its short- and medium-range missiles that could threaten Japan and South Korea.
Besieged by cronyism scandals that have prompted speculation he will be out of office by early summer, Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will arrive in the United States for talks with Donald Trump this week with a potential foreign policy headache to add to his domestic woes. Mr. Abe will also try to convince Mr. Trump to follow through on his recent order to explore rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
Koizumi, who was Prime Minister from 2001-06, told Aera magazine published on Monday that Abe has found himself in a "dangerous" situation over the scandals. Abe also wants Trump to bring up Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang long ago.
Japan's also interested in pushing back on trade with the US, particularly the Trump administration's harsh, new steel tariffs. Experts say the outcome could boost or further undermine his leadership at home.
The two leaders are also likely to exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, including China's increasing maritime assertiveness in the South China Sea, as well as recent USA -led airstrikes on Syria, among other topics.