U.S. and Japan talk trade, a denuclearized North Korea

During their recent visit in Japan, President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzō Abe discussed trade and security, the twin pillars of the countries’ relationship.

The United States and Japan are “working to improve our economic relationship based on the principles of fairness and reciprocity,” Trump told reporters. “We are currently negotiating a bilateral trade agreement that would benefit both of our economies.”

Trump and Abe (second from right) leave Tokyo’s Akasaka Palace on May 27, following their afternoon of meetings. (Shealah Craighead/The White House)

The two men are also working together to achieve a denuclearized North Korea.

“The Prime Minister and I continue our close consultation in pursuit of peace and security on the Korean Peninsula,” said Trump. “The essence of our approach is peace through strength. And this is a strong alliance indeed. The U.S.-Japan alliance is steadfast and ironclad. We want peace and we want stability.”

As Japan’s first state guests since the enthronement of the new Japanese emperor, Trump and first lady Melania Trump were honored at a state banquet hosted by the emperor and empress at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Trump and Abe attended Japan’s Sumo Grand Championship match, where Trump presented a trophy to the winner. Trump has met with Abe more than with any other world leader, and the two leaders consult frequently by telephone. President Trump underscored the “limitless potential” of U.S.-Japanese future cooperation, especially in the areas of new technology, space and infrastructure.

Here’s a video of Trump’s visit: