President Trump Japanese Prime Minister News Conference CSPAN June 7, 2018 2:22pm-2:54pm EDT
minister abe ofapan to the white house. over the past months the prime minister and i have wclel common challenges of which there are many, seize opportunities and advance the interest of our nations. today we have had another deeply productive and very valuable discussion. we have developed not only a strong working relationship over the last year and a half, specifically 503 days, but a great personal friendship. i was honored by the tremendous hospitality the prime minister showed me when t american delegation went to japan last year. it was really something very special. and we h therime minister and mrs. abe as our guest at mar-a-lago in palm beach. the steadfast alliance between
japan and the united states is an enduring force of peace and stability in the pacific region and around the world. from the beginning of my administration, the prime minister and i have been working to expand our cooperation in a range of areas, including defense and commerce. which is what we dis today. as i p to meet next week with kim jong-un, and i want to bring up the fact that t prime minister and also president moon of south korea were extremely helpful, cooperative, and would like to see something happen, being a great for north korea, south korea, being a great for japan, the united states a t world. our partnership has been invaluable in reaching this important moment and we will continue to be in very close communication in the weeks ahead, including thess japanese abductees, which i know is of great personal importance
to prime minister abe. i hope the upcoming meeting in singapore represents the beginning of a brigh new future for north korea, and indeed a br new fure world. the denuclearization of the korean peninsula would usher in a new era of prosperity, security and peace for all s, northndsouth, and for people every where. prime minierbe and i are also working to improve the trading relationship between the united states and japan, something we have to do. bilaral wh japan that s a is based on t principle of fairness and procity. we're working hard to eliminate our trade imbalance. review our exports and to achieve a fair and mutually beneficial economic partnership and we're on our way.
the prime minister was telling us just moments ago that they are buying billis and billions of dollars of additional products of all kinds. military, jets, airrs from boeing, lots of farm products. we're goio be doing a lot more business with japan, which is what everybody wants to see. there's never been a better time to invest in the united states. thanks to our massive tax cuts, historic deregulation, a song trade policy, which hust really begun because i'll tell you over the years been an extraordinarily weak trade policy, the opening of american energy and a return to the rule of law, our economy is absotely ever been. unemployment is at the lowest level in nearly half a century, and for african-american and
hispanic-americanunemployment has reached its lowest level. we welcome japaneseusinesses to open new plants in the united states. the prime minister said that will happen. iganenylvania and ohio ng into and many of our states that have them and some that don't an they will be doing that. japan has also remain a critical partner in our efforts to promote a free and open pacific region where sovereign nations uphold the rule of law, respect the rights of their neighbors and honor the interests of their people. these core p allow diverse nations to thrive and prosper all together oiful peaceful atmosphere. we're all happy about it. it's what's happening now. prime minister abe it's a true privilege to work with you, my great friend. i want to thank you for being
here at the white house for our meetings today. so productive. i'm also very proud to say that the bonds between our nations are stronger than ever before, and i know that together we can unlock incredible new opportunities, achieve new economic prosperity and ensure the safety and security of our citizens for a very, very long time to come. and that's what we intend to do. thank you very much. thank you, mr. prime minister. >> translator: mr. president, i am so grateful to you for this meeting that you offered with great hospitality at such a busy time as the g7 summit and s. k meetingsre upcoming. i also would like to express my appreciation to the people of the united states for always
warmly welcoming us as your ally. in five days u.s.-north korea summit is to take place. first of all, i would like to pay my deep respect to the outstanding leadership of president trump, as he made this decision that no past presidents were ever able to accomplish. in the last 18 months we really en my hours to dis this issue. we shall never repeat the past mistakes. while this thought is completely shared between us, we're able to witness a historic talk which will take place shortly. today with president trump, our discussion was focus on issue of north korea.
that should we do as we appac upcomingor summit as well as peace and stability for northeast asia after the summit? on this topic we took a good amount of time and carried out in depth and exchange ofvis. o talk about the details of what we discussed, but one thing i can say is that japan and the uted states are always together. i strongly hope that this historic sum in singapore be a resounding success. there is a beautiful port town mikata facing the sea of japan. a mere 13-year-old girl living there was abducted by north korea. 45 years have passed since then during which time family members
single-mindedly prayed for her return and kept on waiting. e parents became old, remaining time is slipping away. it is the long held desire of the japanese people to have her and all of abductees come o that the parents, while they are healthy can embrace the girl and other abductees again in their arms. of course, i wish to directly face north korea and talk with them so that abduction problem beesolve quickly. tend, i am determined to take all possible means. on behalf of thes japan ild to thank president trump and the people of the united states for their
understanding and support towards the resolution of the abduction issue. japan will continue to ask for complete implementation of the successive united nations security council resolutions. there's no changes at f japan's policies to seek comprehensive solution of the abduction, nuclear and missile programs teen realize real peace in the northeast asia. this is what japan strongly hopes for. now, a major step forward is about to be taken. donald, president trump, you are about to make a new history. not only japan but the whole international community is strongly looking forward for the united states-north korea summit
to open doors towards passengers stability of the northeast asia. north korea abounds with rich h koreaas a diligent workforce. if north korea is willing to take steps towards the r direction, north korea can see a bright future ahead for itself. japan, based on the japan-north korea pyongyang declaration is prepared to settle the unfortunate past to normalize our diplomatic relations and provide economic cooperation. japan wishes to play the roles much as possible, donald. i value highly your strong commitment to world peace and prosperity. in closing, i wish to add that japan stands ready to make every effort to assist you for the success of the u.s.-north korea summit. thank you. >> i appreciate it.
so, we'll take a few questions. if we can start. >> mr. president, on the subject and i have a question for the prime minister as well. on the subject of north korea how far your willing to go in term of economic security granteesithkim. wilng to move down the road to normalize relationships, normalize relations with north korea as the prime minister suggested he was willing to. you teased us out here last week in the t sign a peace deal and >> well, the letter was just a greeting. it was very nice, perhaps i can get approval to put it out. it was a very nice letter, warm letter and i appreciated it very much. nothing other than we look forward to seeing you and we
look forward to the summit, and hopefully some wonderful things will work out. so really it was a very warm, very nice. we appreciated it. i think, john, that we are going to -- we're going to have great success. i don't think it will be in one meeting. i thinkt will take longer than that. this has been going on for many, many decades. this is something that should have been solved by other presidents as i said oen before. long before this point. they waited until the last second and they shouldn't have waited. mais should have been solved by others just president obama, i'm saying other presen. long time a this could have been solved in a lot easier manner and a lot less dangerous manner. but it wasn't. so i'll solve it. we'll get it done. as far as the prime minister is concerned, we will agree and have agreed that we're going to be helping if the deal is done, we're going helping north korea. we'll be working with china.
we'll be working with south korea. president xi of china has been terrific. the border has been certainly more closed thaverbere. i would like them to close it more. but it's more closed than ever before. china has never worked with us this way and, you know, i give them a lot of credit. as you know we're in a dispute as to the imbalance of trade. it's a msi imbalance in china's favor. it's been that way for many decades and it should also have been handled by previous but it wasn't. so we'll handle that too. but i give president xi tremendous credit and i give presiden mnremendous credit. he really would like to see something happen. they've been living with the threat of war from their beginning and it doesn't make see. ants to do something. i think he wants to see something incredible happen for the people of north korea. so we have a lot of great opportunities right now. shown have waited to this point, but we have a lot of greatportu.
resident would you be willing to go so far as tonorma korea and what about the idea of signing some sort of an agreement on the 12th to end the war. >> we could sign an agreement. it's the first step. it's what happens after the agreement that really is the big point. yes, we could absolutely sign an agreement. we're looking at it. we're talking about it with them. we're talking a it with a lot ofth people. but that could happen. but that's really the beginning. sounds a little bit strange but. the hard part remain after that. >> normalizing relation? >> normalizing relations is something i expect to do, i would hope to do when everything is complete. we certainly hope to do that. i know prime minister abe and president moon have told me very stro that they are going to go and they will help them economically tremendously. japan has a tremendous stake and
so do they. on e other hand a v far way. we're very, verfa away. i believe japan will be helping. i believe china will help economically. china wants to see something very good happen, ver positive happen. and certainly south korea has tateir intentions, they will be very helpful. there are a lot of good factors lined up for north korea. a lot of tremendous factors that give it tremendous potential. it has tremendous potential because the people are great. and we would certainly like to see normization. yes. prime minisr abe, if i co address you as well we know how important an issue the abductees is foryou, president trump said it at mar-a-lago during your last meeting it's an important issue for him. did you get an assurance from president trump he would address both of those in his first meeting with kim?
>> translator: today we have full knowledge of discussion with president trump, good onhe i of abduction, i was able to have a detailed discussion and i think president trump fully understands the situation with japan. last year presidentmp visited japan. on that occasion he met with families of abductees. i told you about the 13-year-old girl abducted. the mother of this girl met with present trump and very seriously he intently listened to the voices and views of the family members. so president trump, amongst the world leaders, i think he is one of the leaders who understands the issue the most, greatest. so at the upcoming summit the
importance of abct aucon would be explained to mr. kim jong-un. what about the medium-range missiles? as i said earlier on in my atement the security council's resolution must be implemented. all weapons of destruction these are words used in the mission of the security council. northeastward, theec l resolution must be completely implemented. on this point between japan and u.s. and international community share the same view. i'm convinced about it. thyou. next question please. >> translator: i have a question for president trump as well as
the prime minister. you have not used the language of denying the largest pressure on north korea but your ntinuing with the sanction and the denuclearization you will be asking before that and what is the deadline for the denuclearization and my question to prime minister is how to apply pressure to north korea and the tone of the language. are you in far agreement, complete agreement with the united states? >> translator: president trump has stated we're implementing sanctions and those sanctions are strong sanctions. he ao stad tt north takes the action, the sanctions won't be lifted and japan is in full agreement and japan's position is perfectly in alignment with the united states. and in our summit meeting this time, we had in depth dion
with presiderump a to how we shod respond to north korea and as for the future policy on north korea, inclusive of the u.s.-north korea summit meeting, we have detailed coordination aligning our positions. as i have already mentiod, unit always together. jan and the united states will be in full alignment to seek success for the historic u.s.-north korea summit meeting ngore. >>yes. thank you very much. maximum pressure is aely an effect. we don't use the term any more because we're goingnt a friendly negotiation. perhaps after that negotiation i will be using it again. you'll know how well weith the negotiat you hear me say we're going to use maximum pressure, you'll know the negotiation did not do well. frankly. there's no reason to say
we in the meantime haven't removed any sanctions. we have a list of over 300 massive in some cases sanctions to put on north korea and i've decided to hold that until we can make a deal because i really believe there's a potential to make a deal and i just don't think it's nice going in under those circumstances. but yes the campaign hasn't changed. china has continued to hold the border. we again would lik them to do more in that sense, but they've been really good and the esident has been very good. but maximum sanction is there. e leaving all of the existing sanctions on. but i don't want to use them o unless it's necessary and i don't think it will be necessary but we'll soon know. thank you. sager. where is sager. daily caller. >> thank you, mr. president. i have a question for the prime
minister as well. mr. president, you said repeatedly that you are willing to walk away from the negotiations if they don't do well. under what exact conditions would you be walking away from that summit and the summit does go we will you invite north korean leader kim jong-un to the united states? >> the answer is yes to the second part of your question, certainly iftoes well and i think it will be well received. i thi he would look at it very favorably. i think that could happen. all i can say is i'm totally prepared to walk away. i did it once before. you have to be able to walk away. if you can't walk away -- we di't walkway from the horrible iran deal that was signed and if you look at what's happened since i signed that deal, iran and in all fairness i say it with great respect for the people of iran, iran is lonr looking so much toanean. they are no longer looking so much to what'sng
syria, what's going on in yemen and lots of other places. they are much different country over the last three nths. and, agn, i say that with hope that maybe something can happen. but when you mentioned sanctions, we' putting sanctions on iran, the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. including, frankly, north korea. that would have been the next phase if we did it or find it necessary to do. but nuclear to me is always first. and we're going to be fine with respect to iran. but we also, sager, got something out of it that's ver important. a lot of the people that write about this, some of whom i have great respect for but they haven't picked it up, iran is not the same country that it was a few months ago. they are much, much different
group of leaders and i hope at so theilomo us and we'll sit down and we' make al thasood for them and good for us and good for everybody and it will being a great for iran. i expect it to be -- i want to it being a great for iran. our se from some of the horrible provisions that you know as well as i do a probably everybody sitting here know, we could have had a great deal. nothing wrong with the deal. but there's something wrong with that deal. we had a great opportunity to make a pdeal. amally prepad to walk. it could happen. maybe it won't be necessary. i hop it won't be necessary to walk because i really believe that kim jong-un wants to do something that is going to being a great for his people, and also great for his family and great for himself. okay. thank you very much. >> sir, ifou d iite him the white house or to the united states will it be here at the white house or mar-a-lago?
>> maybe we'll start with the white house. what do you think? >> mr. prime minister, you are the only major world leader not to have a sit down or a planned th kim jong-un. you've h youte today you would be willing to do so on the matter of abductees. do you have any plans currently to do so and would it be focused solely on abductees or would you be willing to have a separate denuclearization discussion wit states? thank you. >> translator: of course, on the issue of abduction we have to resolve this problem. thewi administration ts is the highest priority. and if anything contributes to that resolution, if the talk leads to the solution of the problem between u.s. and north korea, or between japan and
north korea, meetings, we wish to have on the issue of abduction in the final analysis. chairman kim jong-un and between me, between japan a north korea, the problem has to be solved. of course japan, for japan nuclear issue very important. nuclear issues, missile issue, regarding these issues, at the u.s. and north korea summit meeting, first and foremost i'm hopeful for the progress, and then on the issue of abduction, nd thel collaborate with the community a japan ourselves must talk directly with north korea in the final analysis. i'm determinedbout that. transl.
prime minister abe, i have question to prime minister as well as president trump. starting with prime minister, you have already mentioned to a certain degree on the issue in order to hold japan-north korea summit. what kind of concrete pathway are you envisioning to hold for the summit meeting. in your meeting with president ump h you pres toaise the question of abduction at the u.-north korea summit meeting in singapore? next is my questio to president youe kim jong-un has maintained his pion abduction issue is something that already has been resolved. so what kind of explanation has been given to the united states
on abduction issue from north korea to u.s. via consultations and how shod aackoa i order to k for the abduction andt did you convey to the prime minister today in this regard? >> well, you know, i can speak first, because i can tell you on the prime minister's behalf, he very much talked about abduction. it was preeminent in hoour conversations. he talked about it long and hard and pasonately. and i'll follow his wishes and we'll be discussing that with north korea, absolutely. absolutely. prime minister, go ahead. >> translator: well, at our pan u.s. summit meeting we had in mar-a-lago in february, today, once again, as president trump has mentioned already, i
have eined on the abduction issue once again. and i have conveyed to him the ernest wish of the families of the abductees. and president trump once again has stated that the abduction issue will be raised at the upcoming u.s. north korea summit. now, at north korea summit meeting as to the concrete matters to be i would like to refrain from mentioning at this juncture. but at any case, japan's full sition will be explained at length and president trump has promised that the issue will be brought up at the summit meeting in singapore. and i'm delighted of this. behfa the international community, i would like to ask them to seek exclusions to the issue.
in discussing about the abduction issue, japan itself needs to have direct consultation witor. i have not changed my resolve in doing so. and this decision and result, what w be conducive to solve the abduction course i meeting for japan, north korea summit meeting. if we are to have a summit meeting, the nuclear issue, and more important the abduction issue, the solution to all these issues must be a result. and i hope we will be able to realize summit meeting which would lead to the solution of the problems. but first and foremost, we need to seek advancement of the abduction and missile and nuclear programs.s.orth ko s closely cooperate with each other so we can see
great success for the historic north korea u.s. summit meeting in singapore. and japan would like to give our efforts and support. >> ioue to clo b nd love frankly, i have gotten to know him very well, to the warmbier family, the incredible family of otto warmbier, who was a brilliant, beautirrific, yng man. ane has nnan i can tell you that, he has not died in vane. so to the warmbier family, our love and respect. also, i'd like to say that we were tremendously successfun getting our three hostages back. and i'm very thankful to the cooperation that we received from north korea. and the three united states citizens are now very happily ensconced in their homes with
their families. they are very happy. they didn't think this was g tohaen. it wou ner have happened, but it has. so i just want to wish them well, also. athey h tough y. but reallyescthe f atk with the north korean folks and get . they are well engraed already. they told me they are n going out to movies and dinner. they are back. th a back in our co ant'a thing. i believ we are going to have a terrific success, or a modified success, butn e form or another, if it all goes, and things can happen between now and then, but i know many of you are gng. and i look forward to seeing you there. i look forward to traveling with you. it's a long way. but i really believe that w have the potential to do something incredible for the
world. and it's my honor to be involved. thank you very much. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> secretary of state mike pompeo holds a briefing at the white house this afternoon. we'llave live coverage of his remarks scheduled for 3:45 eastern here on c-span3. >> while we wait for that to get under way, we'll show you a discussion on the 2020 esal