Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss “achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea during the opening of the leaders’ two-day summit in Florida.
Speaking before reporters after arriving at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s south Florida estate, Abe also emphasized the importance of overseeing “the abandonment of missile programs of North Korea,” adding that, “on this specific point, I would like to share understanding and recognition with Donald.”
For his part, Trump seemed to communicate that negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea were advancing, and said a summit with the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, was tentatively scheduled for early June. Trump also revealed that the U.S. was exploring “five different locations” for his one-on-one with Kim.
“Japan and ourselves are locked and very unified on the subject of North Korea,” Trump said. “Depending on various meetings and conversations, we’ll be having meetings with Kim Jong Un very soon. Assuming things go well. It’s possible things won’t go well and we won’t have the meetings, and we’ll just continue to go along this very strong path that we have taken. But we will see what happens.”