Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'

20 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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"If we can come to an arrangement on a new deal, that would certainly be something we would discuss", Trump said when asked about the tariffs during a joint press conference at his private Mar-a-Lago club.

Still, Trump held out the slim chance that the USA could return to the deal. But the location has yet to be made known.

Pyongyang has acknowledging abducting 13 Japanese, while Tokyo maintains North Korea abducted 17.

As Shinzo Abe bids farewell to sunny Florida after another chummy round of golf and cheeseburgers with President Donald Trump, the Japanese prime minister has little to take home to distract voters from the scandals encircling his administration.

The two leaders appeared to present a more united front on North Korea, addressing Japan's worry that Trump might press Kim Jong Un only on long-range missiles that could hit the US and not the short- and medium-range missiles that pose a threat to Japan.

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"While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don't like the deal for the United States".

Trump pulled the US out of TPP days after his inauguration but recently said he might be open to rejoining.

At Wednesday's news conference, Abe praised Trump for his support on the issue of the abductions by North Korean agents of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and '80s. "I think it's better for our workers and I much would prefer a bilateral deal".

Abe also vowed to increase efforts to realize the return of the abductees, saying, "If North Korea takes the right path, there could be a possible path to settle the unfortunate past and normalize diplomatic relations based on the Pyongyang Declaration signed between Japan and North Korea". We do this not only against Japan but also the other allies ...

■Talks will continue over exempting Japan from USA tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. North Korea says eight others have died and denies the remaining four entered its territory. But Wednesday brought public disagreements, as Trump spurned his guest's top economic and trade priorities. The president wrote that he didn't like the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional deal, instead favoring bilateral talks, which Japan prefers.

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"If I think its a meeting that's not fruitful we're not going to go".

"The committed to free, fair and reciprocal - very important word - trade, and we're committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries", Trump said. On Tuesday evening, the president and first lady hosted Abe and his wife at an intimate al fresco dinner on Mar-a-Lago's patio. -North Korea summit talks are scheduled to be held, Abe stressed, "This is not a case where Japan will be left behind".

The U.S. itself is pushing for the release of three Americans.

Trump said it was clear that Abe cares about the issue deeply.

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