US President Donald Trump has backed a possible face-to-face meeting between the leaders of Japan and North Korea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Trump pledged “full support” to the proposed meeting, in which he wants to have “frank” talks about North Korea’s nuclear policy and Japanese abductees.
The US president said he expected “good things” to come from North Korea.
Trump, who is on a four-day visit to Japan, earlier became the first foreign leader to meet Emperor Naruhito.
In their meeting on Monday at the Akasaka Palace – a state guest house – Trump and Abe discussed issues ranging from trade to foreign relations.
The Japanese prime minister said the two leaders were on the same page with ambitions to see North Korea denuclearised, but they appeared to disagree over the short-range missile tests conducted earlier this month.
Abe, who sees the missile tests in nearby North Korea as posing a threat to security in Japan, described them as being “of great regret”, while Trump said he was not “personally bothered”.